Hasnat Alamgir

Worker Safety in Developing Countries

Worker Safety in Developing Countries: Worker Health & Safety in Developing Countries Rutgers SPH Center for Global Public Health.

Hasanat Alamgir
Associate Professor Health Policy and Management -School of Health Sciences and Practice
New York Medical College
Valhalla, New York

 Friday, June 10,  2016 — 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

3rd Floor, Room 3A/B – School of Public Health, Busch Campus
683 Hoes Lane West, Piscataway, NJ 08854
Light lunch will be provided.

Professor Hasanat Alamgir will be available to meet with faculty and students during the day of the seminar. For more information and/or scheduling an appointment, please contact Rutgers SPH Center for Global Public Health, Michelle M. Ruidíaz-Santiago at ruidiamm@sph.rutgers.edu


The seminar will discuss the recent factory fires and other disasters in developing countries and what the US companies have done to improve building and fire safety. Dr. Alamgir will share success stories as well as share findings from a research study that determined the health and economic conditions of injured workers after a recent disaster. Worker Health & Safety in Developing Countries

Bangladesh, one of the largest developing countries in the world, has 31.5% of its population living in poverty (The World Bank, 2011, 2014). Women in Bangladesh like many other developing countries suffer from a number of socioeconomic and health issues: few social protections, higher economic insecurity, low education and empowerment, early marriage, high rates of fertility, high infant mortality, frequent domestic abuse and violence. All of these place these working-age women at a higher risk of developing PTSD (Begum, 2010; Kodali, 2015). Garment factories which provide jobs for millions of women with
lower education and skills are now a key driver of this country’s economic growth. However, very little is known about these workers’ mental health, including the number of traumatic events sustained and possible PTSD development or diagnosis (Fitch et al., 2017). The impact of poor mental health on workers’ well-being, quality of life, morale, productivity and absenteeism has not been investigated, understood or appreciated in developing countries (Kessler, Chiu, Demler, Merikangas, & Walters, 2005; Lépine & Briley, 2011; Breslau & Anthony, 2007).


About the speaker:

Hasanat Alamgir served as an Associate Professor at the University of Texas School of Public Health (2010-2016) before joining NYMC. Before moving to Texas, he served as the Director of research and evaluation at a provincial public health agency in Vancouver, Canada (2006-2010). His research activities have primarily focused on conducting epidemiological investigations of risk factors for injuries and economic evaluation of health interventions. As principal and co-investigator, he has received research funds from several sources including the Department of Defense, NIH/Fogarty, State Health Department, Environmental Protection Agency, and Workers’ Compensation Agency. Dr. Alamgir published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and studied populations that ranged from sawmill and healthcare workers in Canada, the US military personnel to garment workers in Bangladesh. He has spoken to numerous national and international meetings on health and safety issues and has delivered invited departmental seminars at major US universities. His graduate students have worked in Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Peru, Uganda, New Zealand, and Canada.
Dr. Alamgir received his education from Bangladesh (Pharmacy), the USA (Business Administration), and Canada (Public Health).

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