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Dr Abbas Bhuiya is trained as a demographer and statistician and is a long timer at icddr,b. Before his current position, he was the head of the Poverty and Health Programme at icddr,b. He has nearly 30 years of professional experience in the field of community health research with special focus on health services for the poor/vulnerable and equity issues, behaviour change, and facilitation of community initiatives for the improvement of health, especially of the poor.

Dr Bhuiya is experienced in designing and conducting large surveys, carrying out operations research, implementation of innovative health services, evaluation of health and development programmes, and monitoring of outcomes with equity focus. He also has experience in combining quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Dr Bhuiya has familiarity with the development and public health challenges facing the developing world and contemporary intervention programmes to tackle them. He has track records of attracting large grants and successfully implementing them. He has practice in leading large groups of multidisciplinary researchers.