Mapping of health professional education institutions in Bangladesh

WHO Bangladesh

Dhaka, 2 May 2019 - Medical Education and Health Manpower Development Unit under the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), together with WHO, conducted a mapping of health professional education institutions in Bangladesh.

The findings have been included in the report “Mapping of Health Professional Education Institutions in Bangladesh”, which was disseminated on 2nd May 2019 in Dhaka in the presence of Professor Dr Abul Kalam Azad, Director General DGHS, Dr Bardan Jung Rana, WHO Representative to Bangladesh, health officials and representatives of health development partner organizations.

Six hundred and seventy four health education facilities were mapped and 10 years of records from 2007 to 2016 have been gathered based on several indicators covering different health professionals: physicians, dental surgeons, nurses, midwives, medical assistants and medical technologists. The findings include number of admissions, graduates, distribution criteria such as geographical, gender, public-private distribution, foreign-national students distribution, etc.

This is the first time such an analysis has been produced in Bangladesh, filling an important information gap on health professional education. Health workforce production data was available at individual agency/institutional level, colleges, schools, training centers etc. However, data was not readily available in one national database, which made the health workforce planning efforts complex and lengthy.

Now, with this updated and consolidated health workforce supply-side database available, policy makers will be better equipped to formulate evidence-based human resources plans, addressing health workforce demands and projected needs. WHO remains committed in supporting the Government of Bangladesh to build evidence based public policies which rely on accurate and comprehensive information.