Bangladesh was the first country in Asia where IMPACT was implemented.
At its inception, there was one IMPACT track available specifically for mid-level managers. In 2016, IMPACT-Bangladesh selected 6 fellows to form the first cohort of the 2- year program. The 6 fellows were then assigned to health complexes in Mymensingh, Chittagong, Comila, Sylhet, Moulvi Bazar and Bogra.
Due to the success of the implementation of the first cohort and the demand to expand the program, IMPACT Bangladesh has now implemented a second track, specifically designed for senior-level managers.
Track 1: IMPACT Fellowship Program, a two-year master’s program for mid-level managers
This track is a 2-year competency-based training program for medical doctors in mid-level management. The program utilizes evidence-based health management tools adapted to the context of Bangladesh to improve the program management skills of ministry of health leaders. The selection process for this competitive program, involves a 3-week intensive course from where, based on performance, up to 10 candidates are selected to become IMPACT fellows. Fellows on this track, learn by working directly in the field but meet once per quarter for classroom time and workshops. While enrolled in this program, managers are supported by a network of mentors and supervisors who also benefit from the training sessions.
Track 2: IMPACT Distinguished Fellows Program (DFP), a six-month program for senior level managers
The DFP track is a 6-month service-learning program designed for senior level managers. On this track, fellows are also learning by doing in the field but meet once a month for classroom time. The DFP is comprised of 6 workshops:
- Project Management
- Community Collaboration, Engagement and Assessment
- Strategic Communications
- Operations in Public Health Management
- Introduction to Public Health, Emergency Response Preparedness
- Symposium proposal presentations
After completing all 6 workshops, the fellows participate on a final symposium for which they work in groups on a case study and make proposal presentations to demonstrate the skills learned.