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    Health Economics Research Network-HERN launched in Bangladesh

    ARK Foundation Bangladesh with the support from Centre from Health Economics, University of York, UK has launched Health Economics Research Network (HERN) in Bangladesh. A number of students complete undergraduate degrees in economics and health economics each year from different public and private universities of Bangladesh. However, they still require the practical experience of applying the theory into practice.

    The demand of skilled health economists who can carry out cost-effective analysis of trials, modeling, and forecasting is also ever growing. HERN has been initiated with the aim of bringing together academics in the field of health economics across Bangladesh.
    The launching event of the network was held on April 19, 2022 at the Six Seasons Hotel in Dhaka. Professor Dr Rumana Huque, Executive Director, ARK Foundation; Professor Dr Zahidul Quayyum, Director of Research, BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health (JPGSPH); Professor Dr Atonu Rabbani, Mushtaque Chowdhury Chair in Health and Poverty, BRAC JPGSPH; and Professor Dr Syed Abdul Hamid, Institute of Health Economics, University of Dhaka launched the HERN by inaugurating the website and logo of the organization.

    The event was also attended by policymakers, health experts, researchers, academicians, and youths from Bangladesh and around the world.
    Professor Rumana Huque said that the network has been inaugurated with the purpose of conducting high quality research in the field of health economics and hoped that the research would play an effective role in informing policies to improve population health. She also said that the network would work to bridge the knowledge gap and create a platform for local researchers to carry out context-specific research in the field of health economics.

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