Dr. Sadia A Chowdhury leads as the Executive Director of the BRAC Institute of Global Health (BIGH) an institute under BRAC University, which incorporates the James P. Grant School of Public Health (JPGSPH) and the Departments of Midwifery & Nursing. The institute aims to promote Public Health, Midwifery and Nursing education, training and research to harness knowledge and know-how in pursuit of health equity.
Previously, Dr Chowdhury was part of the World Bank, first as the Senior Health Specialist for the South East Asia region, providing expertise and support for health, nutrition, population and health systems strengthening programs, projects and initiatives throughout the region. She led the development of the World Bank’s support for the National Reproductive and Child Health program in India, the World Bank’s largest support in this field – which enhanced state ownership and accountability for results; a stronger pro-poor focus and increase capacity to provide a comprehensive range of reproductive and child health services. Next as the organizational lead for Sexual, Reproductive Health including Maternal and Child Health in the Human Development Presidency of the World Bank, was the lead and co-author for the World Bank’s first ever Reproductive Health Action Plan. She oversaw analytical projects that evaluated needs and identified opportunities to build partnerships, strengthen health systems and drive innovation related to the supply and demand side of health services; researched fertility behavior in high-burden countries, linkages of population and poverty, and the impact of multi-sectoral interventions on health outcomes and also worked with different regions in policy development and dialogue, capacity building and coordinating with global partnerships, UN agencies, donors and civil society.
Prior to her career at the World Bank, Dr. Chowdhury was the Director of Health, Population and Nutrition at Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) where she was involved in scaling up of the integrated reproductive health, disease control and nutrition program.