Ishrat Naher Erina

2017 Winner

Position: Founder
Organization: Prescription Bangladesh
Current Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bachelor of Pharmacy

Additional Degrees and Certifications:
1. High Distinction, Bachelor of Pharmacy -class 2016
2.Contributor writer at Bangladesh Today
3.Content writer at Dhaka Insider
4. Contributor writer at financial Express
5. Content writer at LilyGal
6.Peer mentor at First Year Advising Team (FYAT) of BRAC University
7. Works at South Asian Youth Society
8.Fellow at Toru-The Idea Tree
9.Trainee and fellow at Social Innovation design week- 2017 (working on reproductive health of Ready-Made-Garments workers )
10. An executive at BRAC University Pharma Society.
11.Nominated trainee at Democracywatch
12.Active citizen at Active Citizens youth leadership training
13. Executive, BRAC University Film Club.
14.Intern at Beximco Pharmaceuticals limited
15. Residential trainee at TARC, BRAC CDM
16. Coordinator at co-curricular Bangladesh
17.Participants at SAYS 100 Hours Fellowship Challenge (September 2015-June,2016)
18. International speaker at World Youth Conference 2016, New Delhi (India)
19. Freelance Researcher at IREX

Awards Received:

High Distinction
Awarding Organization:
BRAC University
Date Awarded:
December 5, 2016

Research Fellow
Awarding Organization:
Date Awarded:
May 9, 2017

Active Citizen
Awarding Organization:
British Council
Date Awarded:
December 10, 2016

Ishrat Naher Erina is a pharmacist and health science researchers from Bangladesh. She has started her early career in the extensive research on sex education, reproductive organs, infertility management, and mental health at a foreign research firm. Currently, she has been running a non-profit pilot project, Prescription Bangladesh, to promote sex education in order to provide young minds with the facts of reproductive health and associated topics, including relationships, and at the same time to encourage a responsible and sensible attitude to these issues. She believes that sex education is an integral part of the lifelong learning process, and should be begun in early childhood and continue into adult life in order to encourage personal and social development and foster self-esteem, self-awareness, a sense of moral responsibility, and the confidence and ability to resist abuse, social taboos and unwanted experience with a view to ensure a good and secured mental health condition. The Prescription Bangladesh team would prefer school, college and parents to play a part in this sensitive area, by being informed and involved in the development of the educational program, so that students can continue discussions at home or with friends or closed ones and, therefore, they can earn knowledge on sex education. Now, she has dedicated herself to persue the higher study in the field of life science where she works on human physiology and distracted mental health.

“Ishrat N. Erina founded Prescription, first ever platform to address taboos around Sex Education in 15 rural villages of northern Bangladesh. Erina educates youths about reproductive health, abortions & family planning to benefit over 17000 people.

– Rakibul Hasan, Fellow at Women Deliver

Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

The aim of ‘Prescription’ is to work on Sex Education to deal with social taboos with a view to make 20,000 young minds educated, self-aware and promote sensible behaviors in reproductive health development issues. As part of it, It has started a pilot project on reproductive health and family planning in rural areas to develop 300 community. and to give knowledge on contraception method such as pill, Minipill , Injections, Male condom,Implants, IUD, Female sterilization ,Vasectomy, Breastfeeding method, Standard Days Method, Withdrawal, Emergency contraceptive pills etc with related consequences associated with it. It mainly focuses on benefit areas of family planning with 5 projects to enhance the efficiency of contraception and to help people lead healthy and productive lives.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

The fact that Mothers and babies become healthier when risky pregnancies are avoided, smaller families secure more money and food for each child, parents have more time to work and to be with family and delaying first or second pregnancy lets young people stay in school sparked my passion for working on family planning because It may ensure to promote Integrate family planning, maternal and child health care to save lives, money and time that directly contributes to the National economy.

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

While taking session, I give effective teaching to increase the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of the group and its participants focusing on learning, not teaching. I ensure that for teaching to be effective, their learning must take place and that’s why I let them conduct the campaign in their own community trying to make a bridge between scientific knowledge and village people for ensuring reproductive and mental health saving strategies.

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?

For the advancement of work, the steps I have designed given below:
0. 10 Signature campaign on 8 villages
1. 8 Online campaign at social media
2. 15 Community-based offline campaign
3. Introduction of Left-side Classroom in schools and colleges
4. 5 Community Solution Programs/street’s campaign( Arranging question-answering session, Identifying and Addressing specific problems & Carrying out pilot projects )
5. 1 Publication
6. 2000 leaflets distribution

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