Prof. Rowshan Ara Begum
Dr. Rowshan Ara Begum was born in a remote village in Manikganj,60 KM away from Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. She completed her MBBS from Dhaka University in 1974 and Post graduation (FCPS OBS/GYN) from BCPS in 1983 and FICS in 1992. She was a teacher at Dhaka Medical College & Hospital from 1983-1992; She had worked at a private Medical College (Holy Family Red Crescent Medical College & Hospital) as a Professor and Departmental Head. She’d taken the classes for undergraduate and postgraduate students and was also an examiner.
Throughout her life, it was her dream & passion to work for needy people, especially for the women & children of Manikganj. The majority of people of Manikganj are below the poverty line and health care coverage was inadequate. She worked in the remote area to improve the maternal and neonatal health of women and children since 1986. She has founded a tertiary care hospital in 2001 in the name of her parents late Sahera Hasan Memorial Hospital which provides free of cost health care to residents of the area; it also carries out surgical operations. Dr. Rowshan with her team does all the gynecological surgery. Due to her actions, VVF and maternal mortality have reduced in the area. There is also a special clinic which is dedicated to infertile and geripause patients.
This hospital provides community healthcare to the eastern part of Bangladesh, which is home to almost 20 million people. While it was built mainly for improving maternal and neonatal health at the community level, the hospital now also carries out general surgery and serves other patients due to the demand of the inhabitants. The hospital also has a working pathology, carrying out general & some advanced investigations. She bears all costs of the hospital by herself; no NGO or government contributions are taken. As a result of this activity, people are now more aware of health care including preventive care.
At the beginning of 2006, she has built a neonate care unit that includes an incubator and provides phototherapy. This action has tremendously improved neonatal and perinatal care in the area. Previously, people in her area did not care about maternal and neonatal health due to the costs involved, but now due to the facilities provided by the hospital, they have developed awareness in the matter. For this reason, people of the area love her like their mother.
She has also built a free clinic in Dhaka for freedom fighters (who gave their lives in the liberation war for Bangladesh), garments workers (who work for very low wages), and primary school teachers; it has been operating since 2006. A surgical team has also been formed with the intent to provide free operations for these classes of people.
The government has given permission to open Midwifery courses in 2014. In 2016, Ist Batch of Midwifery has started their journey and it has become one of the best Private Midwifery Centers now where students are getting practical training from our Sahera Hasan Memorial Hospital.
Through these initiatives, she is working at the community level in both rural and urban areas.
She is also an active member of OGSB since 1979, she was the editor of the Journal of OGSB three times. Now she is the past President of OGSB.
- Young Gynecological Award in 1991 in the FIGO World Congress, Singapore.
- Amortya Sen Gold Medal in 2007 for her work at the community level for women’s health.
- Gold Medal from Nari Kontho Foundation in 2004 for works for women’s health at rural level.
- Gold Medal from Jubo Kalyan Somity in 2009 for works for women’s health at rural level.
- Independence Day award from A1 Telemedia in 2009.
- Award from Shishu Forum for work in the rural areas for maternal and neonatal health.
- “FIGO Awards in Recognition Women Obstetricians/Gynaecologists
“FIGO Awards in Recognition of Women Obstetricians/Gynaecologists” by FIGO (International Federation of Gynaecology & Obstetrics) for 2009, for her outstanding scientific contribution to Obstetrics & Gynae Services in the Hospital & Community Service for poor/rural people, women & children. She has received the award in South Africa in October 2009 during the XIX FIGO conference.
- President OGSB (2014-2016)
- Past Secretary OGSB
- Councilor, BMDC
- Country Representative, AOCOG
- Chairman, Education Committee, SAFOM
- Chairperson, Sahera Hasan Memorial Hospital & Midwifery Institute
- Vice-President at Fertility and Sterility Society of Bangladesh (at present).
- Vice-President at Bangladesh Menopause Society (at present).
- Past Joint secretary for two times OGSB.
- Vice-President Mohila Parishad.
- Vice-President of Gynae Endoscopy Society of Bangladesh
- Vice-President Gynae Oncology Society of Bangladesh (GOSB)
- Past Editor of Journal of OGSB.
- Executive Members (SAFOG-South Asia Federation of Obs. & Gynae)
- Chairman Sexual Medicine (Asia Ocean Federation of Gynae & Obs. (AOFOG)
- Focal Point, Mentorship Program for Maternal & Neonatal Health, (UNFPA,GOV. & OGSB)
- Member, National Advisory Technical Committee COVID-19