Dr. Julia Ahmed
Biography of Chairperson
Dr. Ahmed did her medical graduation from the Sofia Higher Medical Academy, Bulgaria and obtained her Master’s degree in Health Evaluation Sciences from the University of Virginia, USA.
She started her career in 1991 as a junior Medical Officer in the Bangladesh Association for Prevention of Septic abortion.
She worked as a part time Medical Officer covering three urban slums under Proshika Manobik Unnayan Kendro. She worked at the Bangladesh Women’s Health Coalition rendering door step health care in urban, semi urban and rural areas poor, marginalized and vulnerable population in hard to reach areas. She was active in bringing grassroots voice to the decision making tables. She acted as a core team member in the formulation of National AIDS policy.
At the UNAIDS Bangladesh one of her distinct work was developing a media format for easy access to HIV/AIDS information highlighting ‘Universal Access to Prevention Treatment Care and Support for HIV/AIDS’ for media community. As a team leader at Care Bangladesh she led an innovative action research project for calculating cost of violence against women in monetary figure comparing how much it contribute in the national GDP.
At Oxfam Great Britain she was responsible to ensure capacity enhancement of six women headed local NGOs and fourteen integrated local NGOs; she also guided a project titled: Political leadership of youth pursuing their interest in politics.
She was the Executive Committee member of the White Ribbon Alliance Bangladesh, Elected Executive Committee member of national STD/AIDS Network; and Executive Committee member of ‘Networking of Ensuring Adolescent Reproductive Rights and Services’ (NEARS) during its inception phase.
Currently, Dr. Ahmed is working as an independent Consultant highlighting Sexual Reproductive Health Rights, Health System Strengthening and Gender Mainstreaming.