Prof. Dr. Md. Abdul Halim

Director, RCH Department

Prof. Dr. Md. Abdul Halim

Research field of Interest: Maternal and neonatal Health, Reproductive health


Biography: (Career Path)

  1. Director, RCH, CIPRB (2010 to continue)
  2. As Technical staff of WHO Bangladesh:

i) National Consultant – Skilled Birth Attendant Training Coordination, [Nov 02- Dec 05]

ii) National Professional Officer [Making Pregnancy Safer] at NOC level [Jan 06-Jun 07] performed are as follows:


  1. As OGSB Consultant or Free-lance Consultant
  2. As an Academician, Clinician or Health Manger


Publication Types


Peer Reviewed Journal Articles


Report Authors/Editors


Book (Chapter Author)


Popular Articles



Publication List:

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles:

  1. M A Halim, Maheen Hamid, and Satyawati Hanna, Skilled Birth Attendance: Review of Evidences in Bangladesh, WHO BAN Publication 2004
  2. Halim-A; Kanayama-N; el-Maradny-E; Maehara-K; Bhuiyan-AB; Terao-T. Correlated plasma elastase and sera cytotoxicity in eclampsia: a possible role of endothelin-1 induced neutrophil activation in preeclampsia-eclampsia. Am-J-Hypertension. 1996 Jan; 9(1); 33-8
  3. Halim-A; Kanayama-N; el-Maradny-E; Maehara-K; Takahashi-A; Nosaka-K; Fukuo-S; Amayama-A; Kobayashi-T; Terao-T. Immunohistological study in cases of HELLP syndrome (hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes and low platelets) and acute fatty liver of pregnancy. Gynecol-Obstet-Invest. 1996; 41(2): 106-12
  4. Halim A; Naohiro Kanayama N; Terao T; Shamsuddin L; Bhuiyan AB. Soluble adhesion molecules: E-selectin, VCAM-1 and ICAM-1 in preeclampsia, eclampsia and HELLP syndrome. Bangladesh-J-Obstet-Gynaecol. 1999; 14(2); 50-56
  5. Halim A; Bhuiyan AB; Azim FA; Khatun S; Kanayama-N; Maradny-EE; Maehara-K; Kobayashi H; Kobayashi T; Terao-T. A study on coagulation and fibrinolysis in 24 eclamptic patients in Bangladesh. JJ-Blood-Circulation. 1994; 8(2); 13-19
  6. Maradny-EE; Kanayama-N; Halim-A; Maehara-K; Terao-T. Stretching of fetal membranes increases the concentration of interleukin-8 and collagenase activity. Am-J-Obstet-Gynecol. 1996 Mar; 174(3): 843-9
  7. el-Maradny-E; Kanayama-N; Halim-A; Maehara-K; Kobayashi-T; Terao-T. Biochemical changes in the cervical mucus after application of laminaria tent. Acta-Obstet-Gynecol-Scand. 1996 Mar; 75(3): 203-7
  8. El-Maradny-E; Kanayama-N; Halim-A; Maehara-K; Sumimoto-K; Terao-T. Biochemical changes in the cervical tissue of rabbit induced by interleukin-8, interleukin-1beta, dehydroepiandrosterone sulphate and prostaglandin E2: a comparative study. Hum-Reprod. 1996 May; 11(5): 1099-104
  9. el-Maradny-E; Kanayama-N; Halim-A; Maehara-K; Terao-T. Endothelin has a role in early pathogenesis of amniotic fluid embolism. Gynecol-Obstet-Invest. 1995; 40(1): 14-8
  10. el-Maradny-E; Kanayama-N; Halim-A; Maehara-K; Sumimoto-K; Terao-T. The effect of interleukin-1 in rabbit cervical ripening. Eur-J-Obstet-Gynecol-Reprod-Biol. 1995 May; 60(1): 75-80
  1. el-Maradny-E; Kanayama-N; Halim-A; Maehara-K; Sumimoto-K; Terao-T. Regulatory effect of aminopeptidase inhibitor (bestatin) on the cervix during induction of ripening by interleukin-8. J-Leukoc-Biol. 1995 Jun; 57(6): 832-6
  2. Kanayama-N; el-Maradny-E; Halim-A; Maehara-K; Kajiwara-Y; Terao-T. Urinary trypsin inhibitor suppresses premature cervical ripening. Eur-J-Obstet-Gynecol-Reprod-Biol. 1995 Jun; 60(2): 181-6
  3. Kanayama-N; el-Maradny-E; Halim-A; Liping-S; Maehara-K; Kajiwara-Y; Terao-T. Urinary trypsin inhibitor prevents uterine muscle contraction by inhibition of Ca++ influx. Am-J-Obstet-Gynecol. 1995 Jul; 173(1): 192-9
  4. Kanayama-N; Halim-A; Maehara-K; Kajiwara-Y; Fujie-M; Terao-T. Kunitz-type trypsin inhibitor prevents LPS-induced increase of cytosolic free Ca2+ in human neutrophils and HUVEC cells. Biochem-Biophys-Res-Commun. 1995 Feb 6; 207(1): 324-30
  5. Kanayama N; Kobayashi H; Yamamoto Y; Halim A; Maehara K; Terao T. Case of HELLP syndrome associated with hepatic artery spasms. Jpn-Obs-Gynecol-Hematol. 1993; 3; 43-44
  6. Kanayama N; Nakajima A; Maehara K; Halim A; Kajiwara Y; Isoda H; Masui T; Terao T. Magnetic resonance imaging angiography in a case of eclampsia. Gynecol-Obstet-Invest. 1993; 36; 56-58
  7. Maehara-K; Kanayama-N; Halim-A; el-Maradny-E; Oda-T; Fujita-M; Terao-T. Down-regulation of interleukin-8 gene expression in HL60 cell line by human Kunitz-type trypsin inhibitor. Biochem-Biophys-Res-Commun. 1995 Jan 26; 206(3): 927-34
  8. Kanayama-N; Ando H; Maehara-K; el Maradny E; Halim A; Kobayashi T; Terao-T. Case of preeclampsia associated with giant inferior mesenteric vein. JJ Blood-Circulation (Japanese). 1994; 8(2); 20-25
  9. Terao T; Nakajima A; Kanayama N; Kobayashi H; Halim A. HELLP syndrome. Obstet-Gynecol-Practice. 1992; 41(9); 1373-79
  10. Maehara K; Kanayama N; Halim A; Terao T. Role of vasospasm and platelets in pathogenesis of preeclampsia. San-Fujinka -Seiri. 1994; 46 (1); 9-17 (Japanese)
  11. Terao T; Kanayama N; Nishiguchi T; Halim A (co-investigator); Maehara K. Vasospasm related platelet activation in the pathogenesis of preeclampsia. (Research project report in Japanese); Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, Japan, 1993
  12. Terao T; Halim A; Kanayama N; el Maradny E; Nishiguchi T; Maehara K; Kobayashi T. Role of endothelins in blood coagulation. (Research project report in Japanese); Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, Japan, 1994
  13. Abdul Halim. Drugs used in Preeclampsia and Eclampsia, Community Pharmacology: a problem based approach. JAYPEE BROTHERS, New Delhi, 2000. Chapter 18, p 263-269
  14. Rowshan A Khanom, Kohinoor Begum, Abdul Halim, Khadiza Najneen. Assessment of knowledge and skills of health care providers in management of child abuse in different level hospital in Bangladesh, J Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College 2009 Jun 1(1); 2-5
  15. Animesh Biswas, Fazlur Rahman, Charli Eriksson, Abdul Halim, Koustuv Dalal. Facility Death Review of Maternal and Neonatal Deaths in Bangladesh. PLOS ONE | DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0141902 November 5, 2015
  16. Biswas, A., Rahman, F., Halim, A., Eriksson, C. and Dalal, K. (2014) Maternal and Neonatal Death Re-view (MNDR): A Useful Approach to Identifying Appropriate and Effective Maternal and Neonatal Health Initiatives in Bangladesh. Health, 6, 1669-1679.
  17. Biswas, A., Rahman, F., Eriksson, C. Halim A, and Dalal, K. (2014) Community Notification of Maternal, Neo-natal Deaths and Still Births in Maternal and Neonatal Death Review (MNDR) System: Experiences in Bangladesh. Health, 6, 2218-2226.
  18. Abu Sayeed Md Abdullah, Koustuv Dalal, Fazlur Rahman, Abdul Halim, Animesh Biswas.2019. Effects of Climate Change and Maternal Morality: Perspective from Case Studies in the Rural Area of Bangladesh. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 16(23):4594
  19. Abu Sayeed Md Abdullah, Md Shafkat Hossain, Fazlur Rahman, Abdul Halim, Animesh Biswas. 2017. Community Delay in Decision Making and Transferring Complicated Mothers at Facilities Caused Maternal Deaths: A Qualitative Study in Rural Bangladesh. Integrative Journal of Global Health, 1(3): 15.
  20. Abdul Halim, Animesh Biswas, Abu Sayeed Md. Abdullah, Fazlur Rahman. 2016. Factors Associated with Maternal Deaths in District and Upazila Hospitals of Bangladesh. Bangladesh Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. 31(1)
  21. Animesh Biswas, Junnatul Ferdoush, Abu Sayeed Md Abdullah, Abdul Halim. 2018. Social autopsy for maternal and perinatal deaths in Bangladesh: A tool for community dialog and decision making. Public health reviews. 07:39(16)., DOI:10.1186/s40985-018-0098-3
  22. Animesh Biswas, Abdul Halim, Fazlur Rahman, Koustuv Dalal, Abu Sayeed Md Abdullah. 2020. Factors Associated with Maternal Deaths in a Hard-To-Reach Marginalized Rural Community of Bangladesh: A Cross-Sectional Study. International journal of environmental research and public health 17(1184)
  23. Animesh Biswas, Koustuv Dalal, Abu Sayeed Md Abdullah, Mervyn Gifford, MA Halim. 2016. Maternal complications in a geographically challenging and hard to reach district of Bangladesh: a qualitative study. F1000-Research. 5:2417
  24. Animesh Biswas, Rondi Anderson, Sathyanarayanan Doraiswamy, Abu Sayeed Md. Abdullah, Nabila Purno, Fazlur Rahman, Abdul Halim. Timely referral saves the lives of mothers and newborns: Midwifery led continuum of care in marginalized teagarden communities – A qualitative case study in Bangladesh. F1000 Research. 2018; 7:36
  25. Animesh Biswas, Abu Sayeed Md Abdullah, Jannatul Ferdoush, Sathyanarayanan Doraiswamy, Abdul Halim: What’s need for maternal and neonatal health service delivery in the marginalized tea garden community of Bangladesh: A qualitative study. Integrative Journal of Global Health. 2018;2(1):2
  26. Shafkat Hossain, Abu Sayeed Md Abdullah, Fazlur Rahman, Abdul Halim, Mohammad Jahangir Hossain, Animesh Biswas: Utilization of Equipment for Emergency Obstetric Care in the Sub Districts Level Facilities in Bangladesh. JAMMR.2018;26(9):1-11
  27. Animesh Biswas, Sathyanarayanan Doraiswamy, Abu Sayeed Md. Abdullah, Nabila Purno, Fazlur Rahman, Abdul Halim. Exploring the perceptions, practices and challenges to maternal and newborn health care among the underprivileged teagarden community in Bangladesh: a qualitative study. Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters. 2020;28 (1)
  28. Animesh Biswas, Koustuv Dalal, Abu Sayeed Md Abdullah, Fazlur Rahman, Abdul Halim. Gestational Diabetes: Exploring the Perceptions, Practices and Barriers of the Community and Healthcare Providers in Rural Bangladesh: A Qualitative Study. Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity: Targets and Therapy. 2020:13 1339–1348
  29. Abdul Halim, Abu Sayeed Md Abdullah, Fazlur Rahman, Animesh Biswas. Exploring the perceptions, practices and challenges of gestational diabetes detection and management among health care providers in a district of Bangladesh, F1000 Research. 2020. 9:189
  30. Animesh Biswas, Sathyanarayanan Doraiswamy, Abdul Halim, Abu Sayeed Md Abdullah: Situation of Obstetric Fistula in a Marginalized Teagarden Community of Bangladesh: A Qualitative Study. Nepal Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 2018
  31. Biswas A, Halim A, Rahman F, Eriksson C, Dalal K. The economic cost of implementing maternal and neonatal death review in a district of Bangladesh. J Public health Res. 2016;5:99–103.
  32. Biswas A, Rahman F, Halim A, Eriksson C, Dalal K. Maternal and Neonatal Death Review ( MNDR ): A Useful Approach to Identifying Appropriate and Effective Maternal and Neonatal Health Initiatives in Bangladesh. 2014;(July):1669–79.
  33. Halim A, Utz B, Biswas A, Rahman F, van den Broek N. Cause of and contributing factors to maternal deaths; a cross-sectional study using verbal autopsy in four districts in Bangladesh. BJOG. 2014 Sep;121 Suppl:86–94.
  34. Biswas A, Rahman F, Halim A, Eriksson C, Dalal K. Experiences of Community Verbal Autopsy in Maternal and Newborn Health of Bangladesh. HealthMED. 2015;9(8):329–38.
  35. Biswas A, Rahman F, Eriksson C, Halim A, Dalal K. Social Autopsy of maternal, neonatal deaths and stillbirths in rural Bangladesh: qualitative exploration of its effect and community acceptance. BMJ Open. 2016;6(8):e010490.
  36. Halim A, Dewez JE, Biswas A, Rahman F. When , Where , and Why Are Babies Dying ? Neonatal Death Surveillance and Review inin Bangladesh. PLOS ONE 11(8): e0159388.
  37. Biswas A, Halim MA, Dalal K, Rahman F. Exploration of social factors associated to maternal deaths due to haemorrhage and convulsions: Analysis of 28 social autopsies in rural Bangladesh. BMC Health Serv Res. 2016;16(1):659.
  38. Halim A, Aminu M, Dewez JE, Biswas A, Rahman AKMF, van den Broek N. Stillbirth surveillance and review in rural districts in Bangladesh. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2018;18(1):1–8.
  39. Rahman, J., Fakhruddin, S.H., Rahman, A.K., Halim, M.A. (2016). Environmental Heat Stress Among Young Working Women: A pilot study. Available in


Report Authors/Editors:


  1. The Role of Cellular Hyperactivity in Etio-pathology of Preeclampsia and Eclampsia: the PhD dissertation
  2. The Role of Nitric oxide in the Pathogenesis of Preeclampsia-eclampsia: the MS dissertation
  3. Assessment of Magnitude and Risk factors of Violence against Women in Rural Bangladesh: the MPH dissertation
  4. Assessment of Prevalence of Menopausal Symptoms in Bangladesh Women and its clinical Significance: a urban, rural and cross sectional descriptive study report submitted to WHO
    1. Conducted as principal investigator for a Collaboration study between Dhaka Medical College and Hamamatsu University School of Medicine Japan
    2. Acted as Principal or Co-investigator for more than 50 studies (please see in list of publications below) published and some unpublished


  1. Animesh Biswas, Abu Sayeed Md Abdullah, Abdul Halim: Report on Baseline Survey of teagardens in Bangladesh. DOI:10.13140/RG.2.2.31192.75521
  2. Animesh Biswas, Abu Sayeed Md Abdullah, Abdul Halim: Facility based survey report in selected five tea gardens of Bagan Mayer Jonno intervention. DOI:10.13140/RG.2.2.27837.31203
  3. Abu-Sayeed Md Abdullah, Aminur Rahman, Animesh Biswas: Report on Gender Equity in Health Data Management System, Bangladesh. DOI:10.13140/RG.2.2.16932.12165
  4. Fazlur Rahman, Shaheen Akhter, Animesh Biswas, Abu-Sayeed Md Abdullah: Study on Prevalence of Autism in Bangladesh. DOI:10.13140/RG.2.2.33709.33765
  5. Abu-Sayeed Md Abdullah, Animesh Biswas, Abdul Halim: Scale up Maternal and Perinatal Death Review (MPDR) in MaMoni Health System strengthening project districts. DOI:10.13140/RG.2.2.19658.41921
  6. Abu-Sayeed Md Abdullah, Animesh Biswas, Abdul Halim: Maternal and Perinatal Death Review (MPDR) Final Project Report (2013-15). DOI:10.13140/RG.2.2.21336.14088
  7. Technical Report on Facility Assessment for Strengthening CEmONC Services at 250 bed District Hospital, Cox's bazar, Bangladesh
  8. Technical Report on Life Saving Skills- Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (LSS-EOC & NC) Training at Cox’sBazar, Bangladesh
  9. Project Report on Bagan Mayer Jonno An intervention for the teagarden mothers. Progress and Highlights (2016-2018)
  10. Project Report on Community-based detection and surveillance of GDM (2017- 2019)


Book (Chapter Author):


Policy and Strategy Development

  • Technical assistance to National SBA Focal Point (Additional Secretary, MOHFW) & his programme officers in performing his activities like Focal Point meetings, Task force & National Steering Committee Meetings to bring & resolve policy/decision issues related to CSBA training and services program:


  • As member of Core Technical Team chaired by Register, BNC develop and finalize the “Policy Directions Paper for Enhancing Contribution of Nurse-Midwives For Midwifery Services to Contribute to the Attainment of Millennium Development Goals 4 & 5”- the paper was approved at ministry level meeting chaired by the Secretary, MOHFW
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