Last Modified: 16 July 2018, 09:39:30.

(IPNA, BSMMU, 12 July 2018)

The prevalence rate of autism in children between 16 and 30 months of age is 17 in every ten thousand in Bangladesh.

This is the final outcome of a largest survey conducted by the Institute of Pediatric Neuro-disorder and Autism (IPNA), the first and only institute of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).

The title of the survey is ‘Nation-wide Survey on Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Bangladesh 2017’.

In order to disseminate the findings of this survey, IPNA organized a dissemination program today at ‘A’ Block auditorium of BSMMU.

Honorable State Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Mr. Zahid Maleque, MP, was present as the chief guest in the dissemination program which was presided over by Prof. Dr. Kanak Kanti Barua, Vice Chancellor of BSMMU.

Prof. Dr. Abul Kalam Azad, Director General, Directorate General of Health Services and Syed Manjurul Islam, Deputy Executive Director, icddr, b and Prof. Dr. Pran Gopal Datta, vice-chairperson of Shuchona Foundation were present in the occasion as special guests.

Among others, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education) of BSMMU Prof Dr Sahana Akhter Rahman, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research and Development) Prof. Dr. Shahidullah Sikder, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Administration) Prof. Dr. Sharfuddin Ahmed were also present in the program.

Professor Dr. Shaheen Akhter, Director of IPNA, presented the findings of the survey.

The survey was conducted in two phases by randomly selected 85 areas of 30 districts of 8 divisions across the country from May to November 2017 duration of time.

The number of total surveyed children was 38,440 aged between 16 to 30 months.

During door to door visit at sample areas, the data collector used ‘Red Flag’ followed by ‘M-Chat’ as primary screening tools and then finally ‘DSM-5’ was used for autism diagnosis. The findings show that the ASD prevalence is 17 per ten thousand children. Among them, rural prevalence is 14/10000 whereas urban is 25/10000. The number of affected boys is two and a half times higher than the female child revealed by the survey.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Zahid Maleque said that Honorable Prime Minister and Jononetri Sheikh Hasina's government is sincere towards the children with disabilities.

The government has passed two acts specifically for the protection of children and their families, who are suffering from disabilities, autism and other neurological problems.

Based on the prevalence rate obtained through this survey, Mr. Maleque hopes that it will be possible to undertake sound policies and specific programs in the future for the children with autism and their families.

 

In his speech, VC Prof. Dr. Kanak Kanti Barua expressed his gratitude to the Prime Minister and his daughter, Saima Hossain Wazed, and said that IPNA as well as Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University will always be ready to give the proper services for the children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

 

It is noted that since its inception, IPNA has been conducting higher research and training programs in addition to providing necessary services and advice related to autism and other neurodevelopmental problems.

(IPNA, BSMMU, 13 May 2018) Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) has declared the name of Prof. Dr. Shaheen Akhter as the director of the Institute of Paediatric Neurodisorder and Autism (IPNA), the first ever institute of BSMMU.

The Prof. Akhter, Professor of Paediatrc Neurology founded Centre for Neurodevelopment and Autism in Children (CNAC) in 2009. Then it converted into the Establishment Project of The Institute of Paediatric Neurodisorder and Autism (IPNA) in 2014.

After the approval of academic council and syndicate of BSMMU and finally from Bangladesh University Grant Commission (UGC), IPNA becomes first ever and full-fledged Institute of BSMMU.

BSMMU appoints Prof. Shaheen Akhter as director of IPNA

A day-long workshop titled “Cerebral Palsy: An Update” was held at Shaheed Milon Hall of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University on 22 April 2018. BSMMU vice-chancellor Prof Dr Kanak Kanti Barua inaugurated the event.

Addressing the inaugural session of the workshop, Prof Kanak said this kind of workshop is very much essential to share the experience on Cerebral Palsy diseases, its current situation and remedy.

Institute of Paediatric Neurodisorder and Autism (IPNA) of the BSMMU in association with International Child Neurology Association (ICNA) organized the workshop. Addressing the programme world renowned child neurologist Prof Dr Pratibha Singhi from India, Dr Harleen Uppal from India, Dr Biju Hameed from UK and IPNA director Prof Dr Shaheen Akhter put forward the important information about disease.

Dr Shaheen Akhter said till now, they provided treatment to 11,000 Cerebral Palsy patients.

(IPNA, BSMMU, 10April 2018) University Grant Commission (UGC) has approved “Establishment of Institute of Paediatric Neurodisorder and Autism (IPNA)” as full-fledged, first ever and only institute in Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), Bangladesh.

IPNA received prior approval from academic council of BSMMU on 21 October 2017 and from syndicate on 14 November 2017.

With the tireless effort of Saima Wazed Hossain - the daughter of Honourable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and support from government, IPNA started its journey in 2014 as a project under the ministry of Health and Family Welfare at BSMMU premises. Before that it was working since 2010 in the name of Centre for Neurodevelopment and Autism in Children (CNAC) led by Prof. Dr. Shaheen Akhter, a noted paediatric neurologist in Bangladesh.

IPNA is performing the role as a pioneer institution operating on a national level that provides comprehensive services for autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. IPNA ensures a ‘safe environment for children with autism’ where they can learn to develop to their full potentials. Additionally, this institute helps in disseminating disability/autism related knowledge and other essentials skills for doctors, teachers, and parents.

It is mentionable that IPNA won National Award from our honourable prime minister for outstanding performance on awareness building and tertiary level services on autism in commemoration of World Autism Awareness Day 2017.

(IPNA, BSMMU, 14 November 2017): Syndicate of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University has approved “Establishment of Institute of Paediatric Neurodisorder and Autism (IPNA)” project as full-fledged institute first ever and only for this university.

The 68th meeting of syndicate was held on 14 November 2017 chaired by Prof. Dr. Kamrul Hasan Khan, vice-chancellor, BSMMU. Among others Dr. Md. Mozammel Hossain, MP, Dr. Rustom Ali Faraji, MP, Md. Mahboob Ali, MP, Prof. Md. Nazrul Islam, ex-vice chancellor, BSMMU, Prof.  Shahidullah Sikder, pro-vice chancellor Prof. Dr. Sharfuddin Ahmed, pro-vice chancellor Prof. Dr. Zakaria Swapon, Treasurer Prof. Dr. Md. Ali Asgar Morol, Professor of Paediatric Neurology and IPNA Director Prof. Dr. Shaheen Akhter were present at the meeting.

In its very inception in 2014, IPNA is working as a pioneer organisation for the children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders at BSMMU premises with goodwill and comprehensive services. As a result IPNA won National Award from the prime minister for its outstanding performance on awareness building and tertiary level services on autism.

With the tireless effort of Saima Wazed Hossain - the daughter of Honourable Prime Minister Sheikh and support from government, IPNA started its journey in 2010 in the name of Centre for Neurodevelopment and Autism in Children.

(IPNA, BSMMU, 21 October 2017): Academic council of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University has approved its running project  titled, “Establishment of Institute of Paediatric Neurodisorder and Autism (IPNA)” as full-fledged institute first ever and only for this university. 

The meeting of academic council was held on 21 October 2017 chaired by Prof. Dr. Kamrul Hasan Khan, vice-chancellor, BSMMU. Among others pro-vice chancellor Prof. Dr. Shahidullah Sikder, pro-vice chancellor Prof. Dr. Sharfuddin Ahmed, pro-vice chancellor Prof. Dr. Zakaria Swapon, Treasurer Prof. Dr. Md. Ali Asgar Morol, Dean of Medicine Faculty Prof. Dr. ABM Abdullah, Dean of Basic Sciences and Para-clinic faculty Prof. Dr. Iqbal Arslan, Dean of Dental faculty Prof. Dr. Gazi Shamim Hasan, Professor of Paediatric Neurology and IPNA Director Prof. Dr. Shaheen Akhter were present at the meeting.

In its very inception in 2014, IPNA is working as a pioneer organisation for the children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders at BSMMU premises with goodwill and comprehensive services. As a result IPNA won National Award from our honourable prime minister for outstanding performance on awareness building and tertiary level services on autism.


(IPNA,BSMMU, 16 October, 2017):  A five-day long preparatory course on autism spectrum disorder for the 2017 KOICA autism fellowship program has been kicked-off today at IPNA seminar room, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) premises.

The training program was inaugurated by the daughter of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and world renowned autism specialist, world autism champion Saima Wazed Hossain along with vice-chancellor of BSMMU Prof. Dr. Kamrul Hasan Khan and project director of IPNA Prof. Dr. Shaheen Akhter.

The program is hosted and facilitated by the Institute of Paediatric Neurodisorder and Autism (IPNA) supported by Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Bangladesh Office and developed and delivered by Shuchona Foundation, Bangladesh.

KOICA has been supporting Bangladesh in the field of autism spectrum disorder from 2012 by offering knowledge sharing fellowship program titled “Multi-year Competency Enhancement of Diagnosis and Treatment of ASD for Child in Bangladesh”.

A total of 15 participants from different ministries and autonomous govt. bodies have been nominated by the Health Services Division under ministry of Health and Family Welfare, People’s Republic of Bangladesh for the fellowship this year .

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