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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, 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.


  • MSc thesis - ‘Challenging Obesity: Promoting Physical Activity in Primary School Children in Dhaka, Bangladesh’
  • MPH thesis - ‘Towards a better understanding and control of HIV: A critical analysis of HIV transmission in Bangladesh’
  • Policy responses towards Family Medicine to meet emerging health care needs of the rural population: A crucial priority for the low resourced healthcare system of Bangladesh

He also regularly writes articles in local journals and WHO health bulletin; some examples are: Caring Heart, Healthier Life; Tobacco and Health (in 2013), diet, physical activity and health etc. Two of his PhD papers are under review of peer reviewed journals.

Dr. Roy is a member of the Bangladesh Medical Association. He has already attained over 15 national and international professional conferences as a resource person and as well as to represent Bangladesh.

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.

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