Zafrullah Chowdhury 6506
Zafrullah Chowdhury (born December 27, 1941) is a Bangladeshi public health activist. He is the founder of Gonoshasthaya Kendra (meaning the People's Health Center in Bengali), a rural healthcare organization. Dr. Chowdhury is known more for his work in formulating the Bangladesh National Drug Policy in 1982. Among many awards received both at home and abroad, included are: *1977: Independence Award, Bangladesh (highest state award given by the government of Bangladesh)—Dr. Zafrullah Chowdhury was awarded the “Independence Award” to recognise Gonoshasthaya Kendra’s innovative family planning and primary health care programs. *1985: Ramon Magsaysay Award, Philippines (popularly known as the “Asian Nobel Prize”)—For Community Leadership, the Board of Trustees recognises Dr. Zafrullah Chowdhury’s engineering of Bangladesh’s new drug policy (NDP 1982), eliminating unnecessary pharmaceuticals, and making comprehensive medical care more available and affordable for ordinary citizens. *1992: The Right Livelihood Award, Sweden (popularly known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize”)—In recognition of Dr. Zafrullah Chowdhury and Gonoshasthaya Kendra’s joint role in creating an outstanding record of promotion of health and human development.