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Prof. Dr. Tarek Mahmud Hussain

Professional Summary: Dr Tarek spent over 16  years in international public health and social sector management positions with/or for UNICEF, WHO , ADB and  USAID in Indonesia, Thailand,  India, Bangladesh, Liberia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Albania, South Sudan, Vietnam  and Somalia.  During the time, he provided management and technical expertise on multimillion dollar emergency and development programs, especially this included three years in Indonesia managing UNICEF Tsunami Response to Health and Nutrition  as a Chief of the Program,  4 years in Central Asia, managing UNICEF’s interventions to strengthen the national health system and improve country-wide health and nutrition status for women and children, and with UNICEF Liberia as a health advisor in providing technical assistance to MOH, Liberia in policy development, system strengthening and capacity building, and also worked in India and Egypt with UNICEF in assisting vaccine security, disease surveillance, procurement capacity development, integrated health and nutrition public information campaigns and fund raising and donor coordination; worked  as a Asian Development Bank Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) for  the Ministry of Health, Vietnam, in Greater Mekong Sub-region Communicable Disease control Initiative.

Skills/Expertise: Strategic thinker, policy and strategy development, system strengthening, partnership, design and management of  public health and social sector programs, capacity development, training programme planning & design and skills transfer, protocols/ SOP/curriculum development,  advocacy, communication, KM (Knowledge management) and M & E.

Education, trainings and fellowships: Received MBBS degree from the Dhaka University in 1989. Earned a Master degree from Beijing University, PR China   in Demography, major in Population Science (under Rockefeller Foundation Scholarship) in 1995 and a second Master degree from Waikato University, New Zealand, major in Health Development and Policy (under New Zealand Govt. Fellowship) in 1998. Dr. Hussain  received a postgraduate diploma in MCH Nutrition from the IAC, Netherland (under the Dutch Govt. Fellowship) in 1993.He also completed an internship with UN ESCAP, Bangkok (Population Division) in 1996. Dr. Hussain obtained a postgraduate training in planning and development, Academy for Planning and Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dhaka in 1993.

Received specialized trainings on Development, Public Health, Humanitarian Assistance, Emergency Health, ECD, MBB, Health Policy, Health Economics, Social policy and Programme Planning and Management from  Belgium, Denmark, India, Senegal, Thailand, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Liberia, Kazakhstan, New Zealand and USA.


He is a fellow of the Royal Institute of Public Health, London. Dr. Tarek  is a certified member of EpiCore (EpiCore is a new system that is finding and reporting outbreaks faster than traditional disease surveillance methods alone).

Years of Experience:

16 years

Countries Worked For: Somalia, South Sudan, Liberia, Egypt, Central Asian Countries, Azerbaijan, Albania, CIS/NIS countries, Denmark, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, India and Bangladesh

Research and Publications:

Mr. Hussain has attended and presented research and analytical papers in many international seminars/workshops/meetings in various countries, including European countries, North America, Asia and Pacific.He has published several research articles  and reports in the international journals (including Development Journal, SID, Rome; Contemporary South Asia journal, UK; Public Health Journal, Royal institute of Public Health, UK etc.) in social development field.

Work History (in brief)





UNICEF Bangladesh


Senior Consultant


UNICEF Somalia Support Centre


Senior Health Consultant


US Embassy Bangladesh


Senior Public Health Advisor


UNICEF South Sudan


Health Consultant


Asian Development Bank & Ministry Of Health, Vietnam


Chief Technical Advisor (CTA)


UNICEF Liberia


Health Advisor




Vaccine Security  Specialist

New Delhi



Project Specialist


Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre, Bangkok


Senior Manager, Public Health in Emergencies


UNICEF Indonesia


Chief of Health and Nutrition

Banda Aceh

Asian Development Bank, Azerbaijan


ADB ECD Consultant


UNICEF Tajikistan


Project Officer


UNICEF Kazakhstan


Area Health and Nutrition Advisor


WHO European Regional Office, Denmark


Project Manager


Centre for Woman and Child Development, Bangladesh


Programme Officer



Achievements: Technical Contribution in Policy Development, Training Design, Programme Development etc.:

  1. Designed Chittagong Hill Tract Integrated Community Development Project-DPP (Sustainable Social Services) 2017-20
  2. One Health Approach in Bangladesh: Concept Paper and Programme Outlines (USAID Supported)
  3. Somalia Measles SIAs Campaign: Design and Microplanning
  4. Measles SIAs Campaign HR Framework at the national and district level, Somalia
  5. IPV application for South Sudan for GAVI funding
  6. Training Design and Framework for Communicable Disease Control Department, MOH, Vietnam
  7. Cross-border Disease Surveillance and Control Exercise (Vietnam-Lao), Asian Development Bank and MOH
  8. National Dengue Control Strategy, Vietnam
  9. Communication and Social Mobilization Plan and Strategy in Dengue Control and  Prevention: Framework for Vietnam
  10. National Health Financing Policy and Plan, Liberia
  11. National Nutrition Plan, Liberia
  12. SOP for Malaria Control Programme in Liberia
  13. Polio Campaigns NIDs in  Liberia, Indonesia, Tajikistan, India: Micro-planning and Campaign Implementation Plan
  14. Vaccine Security Design for India Polio Programme
  15. Capacity Development of the Procurement unit of MOH, India (for vaccines)
  16. Avian and Human Influenza (AHI) partnership project (ADPC), IFRC, CARE and IRC (funded by ADB), Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC), Bangkok
  17. Reproductive Health Policy, Georgia
  18. In 1998, participated as a lead team member of the UN mission to Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan as a representative from WHO and UNFPA for assessment and program development for former nuclear victims in that region. Findings were incorporated in a UN General Assembly Resolution on the subject.
  19. Assisted in setting up a USAID 7 Million Dollars Umbrella Grant Programme in Health and Education Sector Rehabilitation for Albania in 2000
  20. Youth-friendly Health Services Development Guidelines (for Central Asian countries)
  21. Integrated Disease Surveillance Protocols and Framework, Egypt
  22. Immunization Communication Strategy (Egypt, Tajikistan, Liberia, Banda Aceh/Indonesia)
  23. 10 years Health Care Policy and Plan, Aceh, Indonesia
  24. Technical Assistance in setting up Kazakhstan School of Public health.
  25. ECD (Early Childhood Development) Policy and Plan design, Central Asian countries
  26. Nutrition Survey Design for children and women in Karakalpakistan, Uzbekistan
  27. HMIS design assistance in Liberia
  28. TA to Integrated Disease Surveillance strengthening  in Egypt
  29. Worked as a Team Leader for Public Health and Nutrition Study for North West Regional study, Bangladesh under Flood Action Plan (FAP-2) funded by ODA and JICA from April to May 1992.  And Public Health and Nutrition Study for the South-East Regional Study, Bangladesh  from October to December, 1992 under Flood action Plan (FAP-5) funded by the ODA and the World Bank.



Awards and Memberships:

1. New Zealand Government Award

2. The Dutch Government Award

3. Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship

4. ISTR (International Society for Third Sector Research) Fellowship

5. Elected  ‘Fellow of Royal Institute of Public Health’, London, UK

6. Life member of Intellectual Network for the South, Geneva..

7. Life member of Environment, Health and Development Network, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.

9. Member International Childhood and Youth Research Network (ICYRNet), Cyprus.

10. Member of Asian Population Association, Bangkok

11. Member of International Society of Urban Health, NY, USA

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