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Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience


New PhD research on the impacts of disasters on women’s health care in Bangladesh

(9 January 2013)

Durham PhD student Nahid Rezwana has been awarded a unique fellowship from the UNDP to study the effects of disasters on women’s access to health care in the coastal region of Bangladesh.

Nahid Rezwana's research in IHRR and the Department of Geography will analyze the incidence of health problems among the inhabitants of the coastal region of Bangladesh with the availability of health care facilities during and after disaster periods.

Placing women at the centre of her inquiry, the work aims to uncover women’s experiences and challenges in accessing health care services during and after disasters. The study will present policy recommendations to improve disaster mitigation plans in Bangladesh and to reduce the effects of natural disasters on human welfare and well being in the hazard-prone coastal regions of the country.

Nahid has received a $10,000 (USD) Asia-Pacific Human Development Fellowship from the United Nations Development Programme, one of several grants to fund researchers and journalists whose work is central to progress on human development.

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