The George Washington University – SAPHA and Em[POWER] Energy Group announce Project Bangladesh Health Management Team

The George Washington University – SAPHA and Em[POWER] Energy Group announce Project Bangladesh Health Management Team

Somaiah Ahmed

November 12, 2012

Washington, DC – The George Washington University Chapter of South Asian Public Health Association (GW-SAPHA) has announced their collaboration with Em[POWER] Energy Group on Project Bangladesh.

GW-SAPHA is implementing an ongoing service learning project in Bangladesh in which master’s students from the School of Public Health and Health Services will be able to engage in topics such as sanitation and hygiene, maternal health, and nutrition education.  This collaboration will grant students to strategize a unique plan for training and research on multiple health topics for the Matuail Landfill site in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The Matuail Landfill is located in Dhaka, Bangladesh and is considered the largest dump site in the city.  The working and living population that surrounds this location lacks access to clean water, is exposed to poor sanitation, loss of healthcare, and limited educational development.

Currently, em[POWER] is engaged in its Phase III of implementing their goals on site, which include waste management, sorting facility, composting and vocational education.

This upcoming summer, SAPHA is driven to strengthen the partnership with em[POWER] help the Matuail community as well as enrich the learning experience and teach civic responsibility.

More information is expected to be released at the GW-SAPHA General Body Meeting in January 2013.


SAPHA (South Asian Public Health Association) was established in 1999 by 10 individuals in effort to raise awareness about public health issues of South Asians at a national level.  The George Washington University chapter began in 2009.

Our mission is to promote the health & well-being of South Asian communities by advancing the field of South Asian public health through interactions among health professionals & shared resources, focusing on research, education, communication & advocacy in the US.

To learn more about this project, please contact:

Somaiah Ahmed, Vice President

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