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Saifuddin Ahmed, PhD

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615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E4642
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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PhD, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, 1996
MBBS, Dhaka Medical College, 1982


With medical background and training in demography and epidemiology, I plan to continue my research endeavor in the following areas: a. reproductive epidemiology, including maternal mortality estimation; b. program evaluation for family planning and MCH care; c. health care utilizations: problems and issues d. quantitative research methods and complex population surveys. I am currently examining family planning challenges and the prognosis, changes in quality of life and social integration of women with obstetric fistula after surgical repair in developing countries.

I teach Methods in Survey Sampling (BIOS 140.640) and Methods in the Analysis of Large Population Surveys (PFRH 380.712) courses.

Honors and Awards

World Health Organization(WHO) Research Fellow, Sept., 1991- August, 1993

AMTRA award 2004: Advising, Mentoring and Teaching Recognition Award for outstanding mentoring and teaching service at BSPH, JHU

AMTRA award 2009: Advising, Mentoring and Teaching Recognition Award for outstanding mentoring and teaching service at BSPH, JHU

Member, Technical Advisor Group (TAG), Maternal Mortality Estimation Inter-Agency Group [MMEIG], Consortium by WHO/UNICEF/UNFPA and the World Bank for Global Maternal Mortality Estimation.

  • Population and Family Health Sciences
  • reproductive health
  • reproductive epidemiology
  • family planning
  • maternal mortality and morbidity estimation
  • complex population surveys.

I am listing my key publications on maternal mortality and MCH care that have high impact factors.

  • Ahmed S, Srivastava S, Warren N, Mayra K, Misra M, Mahapatra T, Rao N. Impact of a nurse mentoring program on the quality of labour and delivery care at primary healthcare facilities in Bihar, India. BMJ Global Health, 2019;0:e001767. doi:10.1136/bmjgh-2019-001767.
  • Ahmed, S, YJ Choi, JG Rimon et al. Trends in contraceptive prevalence rates in sub-Saharan Africa since the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning: results from repeated cross-sectional surveys. Lancet Global Health, May 17, 2019, DOI:
  • Ahmed, S, Q. Li, L. Liu and A. Tsui. Maternal Deaths Averted by Contraceptive Use: Results from a Global Analysis of 172 countries. Lancet, 2012 July; 380(9837): 111-125.
  • Ahmed, S and K. Hill. Maternal mortality estimation for sub-national areas in Bangladesh. Bulletin of World Health Organization. 2011; 89:12–21.
  • Ahmed S, Creanga AA, Gillespie DG, Tsui AO. Economic status, education and empowerment: implications for maternal health service utilization in developing countries. PLoS One. 2010 Jun 23;5(6):e11190.