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RAHMAN, Dr Zakiur

Bangladesh - Spice Route Movement secretary

Dr Zakiur Rahman, from Bangladesh who is secretary of the Spice Route Movement for Young Doctors, in South Asia, and also is president of Primary Care & Rural Health, Bangladesh.
Zakiur was recently interviewed by Kyle Hoedebecke. Kyle tells us about Zakiur.

Current work and roles.

Zakiur Rahman is a family physician who focuses on the primary health of rural populations. He is motivated by treating the most helpless with the least amount of resources. Currently Zakiur works in a tertiary level teaching hospital as well as various locations throughout rural Bangladesh.

He holds a fellowship degree in general practice in the field of family medicine and has had the privilege of working for both the Bangladesh College of General Practitioners and the Bangladesh Academy of Family Physicians as a teacher to the next generation of FPs/GPs. Beyond this, Zakiur serves as a governing body member of the Bangladesh College of General Practitioners as well as a Research Executive at the Bangladesh Disease Research Institute.

Other interesting activities

Recently, he led Primary Care and Rural Health Bangladesh in providing medical care for over one million people by providing medical advice, health education, a free health camp, free medicine, and collaboration with other health partners. He offers his heartfelt gratitude to all of his colleagues who made it possible to accomplish such a feat.

Beyond Bangladesh, Zakiur loves exchanging best practices with international colleagues. He was selected for the 2016 WONCA Europe scholarship for young doctorsto attend the WONCA Rio conference - sending a Bangladeshi representative to a WONCA world conference for the first time. He was again recognised with the WONCA Rural Bursary in 2017 to attend the WONCA Rural Conference in Cairns, Australia.

Young Doctors’ Movement – The Spice Route activities.

Finally, Zakiur has placed much of his efforts into the South Asian Young Doctors’ Movement - the next generation of FPs/GPs. He is secretary of the Spice Route Movement for Young Doctors in South Asia. He has helped represent Bangladesh as a Social Media Ambassador and is the Bangladesh national representative for the #1WordforFamilyMedicine project.

Zakiur notes, “I love my students, patients, friends & family because they all are my inspiration.” He sees these as a great method to invigorate and promote family medicine and rural primary health care in Bangladesh and across the world. He hopes to continue his work with WONCA, in his country, and across all borders on a larger scale to ensure no one is left behind, as we push for universal healthcare for all urban and rural people.