Bangladeshi descent Dr. Ruhul Abid nominated for Nobel
Published: 10:11 AM, 15 September 2020 Updated: 12:20 PM, 15 September 2020
Professor Dr. Ruhul Abid. Photo: Collected
Bangladeshi descent American Professor Dr. Ruhul Abid and his non-profit organization Health and Education for All (HAEFA) have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. He is one of 211 nominees for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.
Jean-Philippe Belleau, a professor of anthropology at Boston University in Massachusetts, confirmed the news.
Dr. Abid is a graduate of Dhaka Medical College and holds a PhD in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Nagoya University, Japan. He later completed a fellowship from Harvard Medical School in 2001. He is also an executive member of the Brown Global Health Initiative.
His non-profit organization HAEFA is providing free healthcare to the underprivileged in Bangladesh. In the last three years, the company has provided free medical services to about 30,000 garment workers.
They have served cervical cancer screening and treatment for about 9,000 disadvantaged women and garment workers and free health care for more than 1,500 people in the Rohingya refugee camp in Cox's Bazar.
The agency is currently providing training to two Rohingya refugee camps in the prevention of coronavirus infection.
After the collapse of Rana Plaza in 2013. Abid founded HAEFA to provide healthcare to garment workers across the country. At that time, he along with Harvard Medical School’s Dr. Rosemary Dudar provided free healthcare to garment workers at three factories in Dhaka, Gazipur, and Sreepur.
Dr. Abid does not receive any salary or reward for his work.
According to the Nobel Prize website, the winner will be announced next October from among the nominees for the 2020 prize.