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Friend of Bangladesh Dr Pierre Claquin dies

Staff Reporter, Dhaka
Friend of Bangladesh Dr Pierre Claquin dies

A French citizen and long-time friend of Bangladesh Dr. Pierre Claquin, who worked for the small pox and poliovirus eradication in Bangladesh, died in Paris at the age of 74 on Thursday.

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Claquin, a medical epidemiologist and public health specialist, had been suffering from diabetes and kidney disease, says a press release.

He left behind a host of relatives, friends, and colleagues in Bangladesh.

Dr. Claquin, who could speak Bangla fluently, was a medical epidemiologist, public health specialist and teacher who worked in many countries of Africa, South and Central Asia including Bangladesh. He spent much of his professional career in Bangladesh working for primary health care (PHC), maternal-child health (MCH) and expanded programme on immunization (EPI) projects.

His most notable contribution to Bangladesh is his work in smallpox and poliovirus eradication.

The French national first came to war-torn Bangladesh in 1972 to work as a medical officer when the country was badly damaged by the liberation war and the healthcare delivery system was literally non-existent, says the press release. He was then based in Shariakandi upazila of Bogura district.

For more than 16 years between 1975 and 2018, he had worked for several public health projects in Bangladesh supporting the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

In his personal life Dr. Claquin was an internationally-renowned photographer who loved to portray the life of marginalized people and their livelihoods. He had several photo exhibitions in Bangladesh:"Borrowed faces" (Dhaka, October 2000; Chittagong Feb 2001); "The Eastern Gallery of the Berlin Wall" (Dhaka, April 2001); "1972-2002: The changing faces of Shariakandi" (Dhaka and Shariakandi, April 2002); "Surviving Dreams: the struggling circus of Bangladesh" (Chhobi Mela-II, Dhaka, November 2002).

He also published a book of 120 black and white photographs on the disappearing circuses of Bangladesh.

 

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