Afsana Tazreen graduated from a private university in Dhaka, Bangladesh with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 2004. In spite of being a business graduate, her core interest lay in the field of social sciences. Prior to joining the MAHASSA programme, she was a research associate at the Center for Enterprise and Society (CES) of the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh. She has co-authored several short articles on current social and economic issues plaguing the country, such as workplace safety, costs of political instability and health hazards caused by poor air quality, among others. She has also co-authored a paper with the former director of CES and a professor at Georgetown University, USA, which has recently been accepted by SAGE for publication. Afsana believes that there are plenty of opportunities for work and research in the public health sector of Bangladesh. She hopes that MAHASSA will equip her with the necessary medical anthropological knowledge which combined with her work experience in the fields of research and media, may help address the growing health and social problems in the country.