Human Resources for Non-Communicable Diseases in Bangladesh

  • Sheikh Mohammed Shariful Islam Non-Communicable Diseases Unit, International Center for Diarrhoeal Diseases Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B)


Background: The prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) has increased dramatically in developing countries such as Bangladesh, where the shortage of appropriately trained human resources for health (HRH) negatively affects the successful prevention and management of NCDs. The Government of Bangladesh adopted HRH master plan and other healthcare policies for NCDs. Despite these developments HR for NCDs remains critical. This commentary examines the possible reasons why the relevant Government plans failed to address the HRH shortage for addressing the NCD crisis in Bangladesh. Main Body: This paper discusses the current shortage of HRH at the primary healthcare level, gaps in national plans and highlights successful programs to address the HR problem for NCDs in other developing countries. Conclusion: The paper highlights the need to allocate additional resources to develop, train, support and integrate the healthcare providers for NCDs and health systems reform at the primary care level.

How to Cite
Islam, S. M. S. (2017). Human Resources for Non-Communicable Diseases in Bangladesh. International Journal of Perceptions in Public Health, 1(2), 98-101. Retrieved from
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