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Bangladeshi Freedom fighter, public health pioneer Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury passes away

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Dr. Zafrullah Chowdhury, a renowned public health activist and veteran fighter of the Liberation War, passed away in Dhaka, Bangladesh at the age of 81. He had been admitted to Gonoshasthaya Nagar Hospital the previous week, and had been on life support since Monday due to kidney-related ailments and other age-related health problems.

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About the Dr. Zafrullah Chowdhury

  • Dr. Zafrullah Chowdhury, who was also a vascular surgeon, was a trailblazer in public health. In 1972, he established the Gonoshasthaya Kendra with the goal of providing low-cost and high-quality medical care to disadvantaged communities. Over time, the organization has grown to encompass a network of seven hospitals and 50 sub-centres, which offer reasonably priced healthcare services to the citizens of Bangladesh.
  • Dr. Zafrullah Chowdhury was widely recognized on the global stage for his contributions to the public health field. He was the recipient of the Ramon Magsaysay Award in the category of Community Leadership in 1985, as well as the Right Livelihood Prize in 1992, for his remarkable accomplishments in public health. He earned the moniker of “doctor of the poor” for his exceptional work in delivering healthcare services to the impoverished.
  • During the liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971, Dr. Zafrullah Chowdhury, a veteran freedom fighter, halted his medical studies in the UK and joined the liberation movement. He established a large field hospital near Melaghar in Tripura to provide medical care to the wounded freedom fighters and refugees.
  • The highest civilian award in Bangladesh, the Independence Award, was conferred upon Dr. Zafrullah Chowdhury in 1977.

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