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Abu Tareq Muhammad Salahuddin

Abu Tareq Muhammad Salahuddin - 2019 Nominee
Position: Editor & Special Correspondent
Organization: News Hour
Current Location: Bangladesh, Asia
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from Sir Salimulahh Medical College
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Master in Public Health (MPH);
Course on Nutrition in Emergency from the University of Westminster, UK;
Training on Communication from the British Council;
Various training on Advocacy
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    15 Journalists, 15 Voices for Girls & Women
    Awarding Organization:
    Women Deliver
    Date Awarded:
    March 8, 2015
  • Award:
    Merck More Than A Mother Media Recognition Award
    Awarding Organization:
    Merck Foundation
    Date Awarded:
    July 9, 2018
  • Award:
    Excellence in Health Reporting
    Awarding Organization:
    HEAL India
    Date Awarded:
    April 11, 2008
75 Public Votes Reached!
Dr. Tareq is an award-winning journalist and a front row advocate in the media. He was honored by Women Deliver for consistent and game-changing coverage of maternal, sexual and reproductive health and rights issues at the global and national levels. – Mahmood Kazi Mohammed, Reporter at The Daily Star
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

My major contributions to family planning are through my articles published in different media (News Hour, The Daily Star, World Pulse, etc.). Alongside, I trained the young people and young journalist in various forum. A few notable events include the Youth Journalist Workshop on Youth Friendly Services (YFS) at Mymensingh organized by SERAC-Bangladesh, a youth-led NGO with special consultative status with the UNECOSOC; Merck Health Media Training 2018 to break the stigma around infertility in Africa held at Nairobi, Kenya for more than 200 journalists representing multimedia, print and online media from 17 African countries; Journalists' Training Workshop on Youth in Bangladesh – Role of Media in Health & Development organized by Voice of America (VOA) in collaboration with USAID.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I have been advocating family planning issues for a long period of time. Being a medical professional and a health-focused journalist, I do understand the dire need of family planning issues. So I'd like to work more intensely on the topic. The more we advocate on family planning issues, the more benefit the nation would get in the long run as a demographic dividend.

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

I conducted several training workshops for young journalists to advocate them on family planning and related issues. They have been writing on these issues and I am still mentoring them in many ways - sometimes from afar, online. My advocacy efforts have been amplified by these skill-building training sessions of the young journalists from home and abroad.

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

If I am named a winner of 120 under 40, I will utilize the network for my advocacy contribution through writing. I will invest the $1000 grant for training young journalist on writing the issues of family planning, sexual and reproductive health and rights issues with more efficiency and evidence based approach.

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