Plan International USA today announced the appointment of Dr. Shabnam Shahnaz to the organization’s International Programs team. Dr. Shahnaz joins the Plan Federation as the Chief of Party for the Bangladesh Adolescent Health Strengthening (AHS) Activity.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Bangladesh AHS Activity is a three-year, $5.98M program focused on increasing the amount of youth-friendly health spaces in existing health centers; increasing knowledge about and access to family planning, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, and life skills education; and strengthening an enabling environment that supports the commitment to delaying marriage and pregnancy while supporting adolescents’ overall health and well-being.
The project’s two target districts are Kurigram and Rangpur, which show the highest need and highest instance of child marriage. To implement the project, Plan will work with two local sub-recipients: Eco-Social Development Organization (ESDO) and World Mission Prayer League/Lutheran Aid to Medicine in Bangladesh (LAMB Hospital).
“Dr. Shahnaz’s wealth of development experience in public health; adolescent reproductive and sexual health; and nutrition programming is an enormous asset not only to Plan International USA but also the entire Plan Federation,” said Ann Hudock, Senior Vice President of International Programs. “Dr. Shahnaz has a keen ability to design and implement comprehensive programming that delivers impact at the individual, community, and national level, allowing for positive changes to be sustained far beyond the life of a project.”
Dr. Shabnam holds an MD from the Lady Hardinge Medical College, University of Delhi, and an MPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with focus on Health Policy and Administration. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health in the United Kingdom. Dr. Shabnam also chaired the National Executive Committee of the White Ribbon Alliance in Bangladesh. She now continues her work as an Executive Committee member for the Alliance.
About USAID/ Bangladesh
The U.S. Government, through USAID, has provided over $6 billion in development assistance to Bangladesh since 1971. In 2015, USAID provided nearly $220 million to improve the lives of people in Bangladesh. USAID supports programs in Bangladesh that: promote democratic institutions and practices, expand food security and economic opportunity, improve health and education services, and increase resiliency to climate change through adaptation and low carbon development.
About Plan International USA
Plan International USA, part of the Plan International Federation, is a child-centered development organization that believes in the promise and potential of children. For more than 75 years in over 50 developing countries, Plan has been breaking the cycle of child poverty. Everything Plan does – from strengthening health care systems to improving the quality of education, to advocating for increased protection and beyond – is built with, and owned by, the community. The result is a development approach designed to improve the lives of the youngest members of the community for the longest period of time. For more information, please visit PlanUSA.org.