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Ashim Roy (Andrew)

GFMER Coordinator for Bangladesh

Ashim Roy (Andrew)

Dr. Andrew A. Roy PhD, MBBS, MSc, MPH
CORE Faculty & Scientific Assessor, International Track in Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Life Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University, the Netherlands

Dr. Ashim Roy (Andrew) was born on June 24, 1967. He completed Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) in 1994 from the University of Dhaka. In 2010, he was awarded Master of Public Health from the Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam as a scholar of the Netherlands Fellowship Programme. He also completed 2-years training on obstetrics and gynecology, and 6-months intensive course on diabetology. In June 2015, He has been awarded MSc Global Health: Non-communicable Disease from the University of Edinburgh, the UK as a Commonwealth scholar. Dr. Roy also has completed the GFMER course on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research. Since 1995, he has been working with not-for-profit and for-profit private healthcare organizations. During about 19-years career, he worked as a family physician, community health organizer, chief medical officer and director of private and missionary hospitals, and an academician in Bangladesh. Currently he is enrolling as an external PhD candidate at the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands as a NUFFIC scholar. He is researching on impact of healthcare policy, regulation and financing on health and economic development of rural population of Bangladesh.

Dr. Roy currently is teaching Community Health in a private medical college and a health technology institute. He is frequently invited by NGOs and healthcare professional organizations as a resource person to address issues of public health interests, for example: maternal health, adolescent health, provider-client interaction in healthcare, globalization and burden of globalized diseases, etc.


  1. Roy, A., van der Weijden, T., de Vries, N. (2017) Relationships of work characteristics to job satisfaction, turnover intention, and burnout among doctors in the district public-private mixed health system of Bangladesh, BMC Health Services Research. 17:421; DOI 10.1186/s12913-017-2369-y.
  2. Roy, A., van der Weijden, T., de Vries, N. (2017). Predictors and consequences of rural clients’ satisfaction level in the district public-private mixed health system of Bangladesh. BMC Global Health Research and Policy, 2(31), 1–13. http://doi.org/10.1186/s41256-017-0052-9.
  3. Roy, A., van der Weijden, T., Hossain, M.E., de Vries, N. (2016). The need for regulatory reform to improve rural people’s access to healthcare : views of administrators of the public-private mixed health system of Bangladesh, DEHC. 13(4), pp.269–278.
  4. Roy, A., van der Weijden, T., de Vries, N. (2017) Challenges of satisfaction of key stakeholders of the district health system of Bangladesh and ways to improve: A qualitative study. Health Syst Policy Res. 4:2.
  5. Roy, A., Shengelia, L., Dupont, H.B. (2016) Towards Harm Reduction of Injecting Drug Users: A Priority Action for Preventing HIV in Bangladesh. J Drug Abuse. 2:3.
  6. Roy, A., Shengelia, L. (2016) A review on situation of congenital disorders and access to community genetics services in Bangladesh. Ann Clin Lab Res. 4:2.
  7. Roy, A., Shengelia, L. (2016) An Analysis on Maternal Healthcare Situation in Bangladesh: A Review. DEHC. 13(5): 360-364.
  8. Roy, A., Shengelia, L. (2017) Scopes of Family Medicine to Combat Emerging Diseases Burdens of Rural People of Bangladesh, DEHC. 14(3): 153-158.
  9. Roy, A. (2013) Population-wide approaches of combating hypertension in Bangladesh. WHO Country Health Bulletin, Bangladesh; the World Health Day volume - 2013.


  1. Doctor of Philosophy: Roy, A. (2017) Balancing satisfaction, balancing health: challenges of satisfaction in the public-private mixed health system of Bangladesh; Maastricht University Library catalog; Link: https://cris.maastrichtuniversity.nl/portal/files/14179901/c5686.pdf
  2. MSc Global Health: Roy, A. (2015) Challenging Obesity: Promoting Physical Activity in Primary and Secondary School Children in Bangladesh; Edinburgh University Library catalog.
  3. Master of Public Health: Roy, A. (2010) Towards a better understanding and control of HIV: A critical analysis of HIV transmission in Bangladesh; KIT; Vrije University Library catalog.

Documents on sexual and reproductive health situation in Bangladesh

Future plans

  • Promoting objectives and goals of the GFMER; thereby, enrolling suitable candidates to the course of GFMER in Bangladesh and also communicate the information to peers in other countries.
  • Teaching SRHR among public health and healthcare students of different levels and also develop faculties.
  • Advocating for social mobilization for adolescent sexual and reproductive health to government and non-government forums.