Aliya Naheed

Scientist and Head, Initiative for Non communicable Diseases, HSPSD, icddr, b

Dr Naheed is a scientist and health systems specialist with a strong background in epidemiology, behaviour interventions, clinical trials, policy analyses, gender analyses, and economic evaluation and working as a Head of Initiative for Noncommunicable Disease at International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh; one of the most reputed international research organisations in Bangladesh. She has more than 22 years’ experience in health-related research in Communicable and Noncommunicable diseases (NCD).
She has played a pivotal role in the development and testing of innovative interventions including: (i) screening, management and referral systems for strengthening hypertension care in rural Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka; (ii) a post-partum care plan for prevention of diabetes among women with gestational diabetes in urban Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka; (iii) a program for enhancing capacity of microbiology laboratories to identify bacterial pneumonia to support clinical decisions for antibiotic in the government hospitals Bangladesh; (iv) a mental health care service model for addressing anxiety, stress and depression among women in urban school settings in Bangladesh, and (v) a low cost intervention for improving microbial quality of street food in urban Bangladesh. She has developed behaviour change communications guidelines for prevention of hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, mental health, childhood pneumonia and food borne diseases in Bangladesh. She has generated over £10 million research grants as the principal investigator and co-investigator in collaboration with more than 50 international and 40 national institutions, and published around 80 peer reviewed articles. She has been closely working with the Ministry of Health and contributed to the development of the National Strategic Plan for Control and Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health Policy in Bangladesh. 
In 2017, she was awarded D71 International Research Training Planning Grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) USA and developed a Clinical Research Platform Bangladesh in collaborations with the British Medical Journal and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, the premier post graduate institutions in Bangladesh. Dr. Aliya was the Convener of the 1st Scientific Congress on Noncommunicable Diseases in Bangladesh hosted by the Clinical Research Platform Bangladesh held in October 2019. She has served as Faculty in various institutions including Tulane University in New Orleans, USA and James P Grant School of Public Health in Dhaka Bangladesh. In icddr,b she mentored  a number of junior researchers to build a research career in Noncommunicable diseases with a special concentration in health systems research.

Please see her biography, honor and membership in editorial board in following links and to see the complete publication list please visit the ORCID ID (ORCID ID: 0000-0002-6016-5603;


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