Moner Khabor Four Care
Mental health is far behind physical health in Bangladesh.
People of Bangladesh are easily can understand about importance of physical health but they are not aware of the importance of mental wellbeing. As a result, Moner Khabor started its first journey in 2014 through Moner Khabor Magazine and Moner Khabor online portal in Bangla. Monerkhabor.com was the first online news portal on Mental Health in Bangladesh.
This magazine & portal aim was to provide the knowledge about mental health problem and solutions. Over the years Moner Khabor has been trying best to raise awareness about mental health through online & Magazine. In the journey, Moner khabor Facebook TV was included in 2019, Just after that, the corona pandemic has started and posed a huge challenge to health awareness all over the world. Moner Khabor promises to integrate itself more into digital platforms and they started to provide video content on mental health and provide health advice through live discussions with specialist psychiatrists as well as health specialist doctors. Moner Khabor is glad to inform you that, Moner Khabor is also including Mental Health Consultancy service both in online & offline from 2023. Moner Khabor Consultancy will support and enables individuals to implement mental wellbeing of a person’s life through best treatment by best psychiatrists.
With over 24 years of experience in helping patients and families who are suffering from Mental health problems, as well as dealing with different deeds of mental health issues, Professor Dr. Shalahuddin Qusar Biplob has been widely recognized as a famous Psychiatrist in Bangladesh. He is currently working as a senior professor in the department of psychiatry of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU). He happily has completed his tenor as chairman of the department from 2018 to 2021. He is also the founder and Coordinator of Psychiatric sex clinic (PSC), Department of Psychiatry (BSMMU). In addition, he also supervising the residents as clinical guide, supervising thesis of the residents, taking responsibility as unit in charge (Red Unit) and working as a coordinator of Research cell of the Psychiatry, of BSMMU. Professor Dr. Shalahuddin Qusar Biplob aims is to eliminate the public stigma regarding Mental illness and want to bring the awareness on mental wellbeing.
Professor Dr. Biplob born in 20 January 1972, his village name is Harishangan, Thana- Belabo and District-Narsingdi. His father is Mr. Alfazuddin Ahmed and Mother Ms. Rahima Khatun. Father and Mother both of them are retired teacher. Prof. Dr Biplob has completed his SSC from Harishangan High School (1986), HSC from Govt. Science College (1988) and MBBS from Sir Salimullah Medical College (1996). He has completed his post-graduation in Psychiatry M.Phil. (2003) and MD (2009) from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU). He is the eldest among five brother & sisters. Ms Mafruha Khanom Shuborna is his wife, and also the Managing Director of Moner khabor. Prof. Dr. Biplob has two sons, Sanan A Qusar Bastob and Rajnan A Qusar Joggo. Biplob has grown up in an extended family and still happy to maintain that relationship with his family.
Professor Dr. Shalahuddin Qusar Biplob has enormous connections and activities with different professional organizations.
Involvement with different roles:
- President Elect (Current): Bangladesh Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (BACAMH)
- Vice President (Immediate Past Vice President): Bangladesh Association of Psychiatrists (BAP)
- Convener: Creative and Mental Health subcommittee, SAARC Psychiatric Federation (SPF, 2021-2023)
- Section Member: Mass Media & Mental Health section of World psychiatric association (WPA), 2013-2017
- Executive Member (Bangladesh): NEESAMA (North East England South Asia Mental health Alliance)
- Consultant Psychiatrist (Honorary) - Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF), Dhaka, BD
- Former International Secretary - Association of Therapeutic Counselors, Bangladesh (ATCB)
- Former Secretary of Social Welfare - Bangladesh Association of Psychiatrists (BAP)
- Assistant General Secretary (AGS) - Association for suicide prevention, Bangladesh.
- Former executive member - Bangladesh Association of Psychiatrists (BAP)
- Fellow of Bangladesh Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (BACAMH)
- Life Member of - Bangladesh Association of Psychiatrists (BAP)
- Life Member of – Dhaka University Alumni Association (DUA), (alumni number 2709)
Award and Fellowship
- College Blue, 1995, Awarded by ‘Students Union’ of Sir Salimullah Medical College, 2005.
- College Day Rotaract Excellence Award, 1995.Awarded by Rotaract Club of Sir Salimullah Medical College
- Asian Young Psychiatrist Award, 2011, Melbourne, Australia.
- Young Psychiatrist Fellow of the World Congress of Psychiatry (WPA), 2008 (Could not receive for some inconvenience).
Participation in Seminar, Symposium, Conference and Presentation:
Professor Dr Biplob has huge experience of participation and presenting papers, lectures in many national and international conferences and seminars. He has participated and conducted number of workshops on mental health, stress management, sports psychology, self-developments, improving family and couple relationship, mental health reporting, etc.
Research and Publications
Research Work: Recognizes as international researcher in the field of mental health. Dr Biplob completed and still involved in several funded researches.
Publications: Total Number of articles published in different recognized national and international journals is about 51 till date. Out of them Original 46, Review 3, and Case Report
Prof. Dr. Biplob is involved with various cultural programs and sports activities since his childhood. Acting on stage, recitation, singing, writing theater scripts, writing poems, songs is very important part of his life. His extracurricular activity is still running.
- Mental Skill Consultant (Former)- Bangladesh National Cricket Team 2006- 2007, (BCB)
- Working as trainer on film making, theatre, recitation
- Conducting, participation and making TV talk show (First TV Talk show on world mental health day in Bangladesh, was organized and conducted by me for Channel I, `O MON MONRE’)
- Direction of stage drama, recitation, film (assistant director)
- Writing scripts for TV drama, stage drama, short films and poems
- Former Program Secretary: Bangladesh Aabrittee Shomonnoy Parishod, Central Committee, Bangladesh
- Writing articles, feature, answering question regarding mental problems in different news papers (Daily, Weekly, fortnightly and also for online news portals)
ABOUT (Moner Khabor)
Moner khabor has been started in the year 2014 with a slogan `মানসিক স্বাস্থ্যের সবকিছু’, means `Everything all about Mental Health’. Moner khabor has two important wings or sections.
- Media section
- Service section
In media section Moner khabor has online Bangla and English portal, Online TV, Monthly magazine and YouTube.
On the other hand, we have service section MK4C.
MK4C – means Moner Khabor Four Cares.
Four cares (Four C,s) are,
- Card services
- Consultations services
- Communications (Directory)
- Call Center
About 92.3% people with diagnosable mental disorders are not receiving mental health management or treatment in Bangladesh. This statistic is taken from National Mental Health Survey of Bangladesh, 2018-2019. (The survey was conducted by National Institute of Mental Health, Dhaka. With Financial Assistance from NCDC of DGHS, MoHFW of Bangladesh Govt. and with the Technical Assistance of World Health Organization (WHO), Bangladesh). Through the project of MK4C (Moner Khabor Four Cares), Moner khabor heartily and honestly is trying to reduce the treatment gap of mental disorders in Bangladesh as far as possible. By using the digital facilities, Moner khabor will try to reach remote people as well as those who do not get proper assistance to avail mental health service.
From the beginning of this century we realized that in our country people are less aware about mental health when we worked with different subjects. Working with different mainstream Medias we realized they weren’t interested on this particular topic at that time. Even many weren’t interested to perform or celebrate world mental health day programs. Moreover they rejected proposals to print any writings on behalf of this particular topic. After trying for couple of years with the help of ‘Action Aid Bangladesh’ we succeeded to air a program on Channel I in 2005, that was the first ever celebration of world mental health day by any TV in Bangladesh. I, worked as coordinator and anchor at the show, `o mon monre’, which ran for next 3 years in a row. Still other medias didn’t even paid interest to write any articles about mental health. At that time we decided to create a website in which we could store all the information regarding mental health services available in Bangladesh, so people could get help in any kind of mental health issues from any corner of our country. As a result we created a website naming Moner Kotha in which we uploaded all the information about doctors, where their chambers are, where people could get help in any governmental and nongovernmental hospitals. After a bit we realized no one bothered to saw or following that website. Later, we used to upload written contents about mental health on Moner Kotha. Even that wasn’t enough. We then began to think where we all could write, raise awareness including other approaches. To highlight all the news, features, translations, researches on mental health of the world including Q&A’s. Then we changed our name from Moner Kotha to Moner Khabor and started our voyage, which inaugurated in 19th December 2014. After that we started English version from December in 2016 & Monthly magazine from December 2017. By Starting bangle news portal, English news portal and monthly printed magazines people began to gain interest in this matter. We realized people were getting more information than before on mental health. Besides we also realized that other media are also paying attention and they started broadcasting of several programs and writings. We tried and invited people who write on mental health issues to send their writings. We were getting many responses and three medias of Moner Khabor started to work quite well at a pace. Moreover Monthly magazine of Moner Khabor had been publishing on a particular matter from the beginning, which created a new dimension and people were getting benefited.
Taking the advantage of online and by the help of internet to take the issue of mental health awareness one step further, we started to work of Moner Khabar Online TV in December 2019, which acted as a very useful and necessary step during the Corona period (Covid19 Pandemic). In addition Moner Khabor Youtube was created where videos were uploaded related to mental health. Nowadays Media section of Moner Khabor is working on every aspect to increase awareness on mental health.
The ultimate motive of developing the media or media section was to increase awareness on mental health for receiving the right treatment. Creating an environment to overcome various social or environmental barriers related to mental health, including common prejudices, over-treatment, and proper management. In the long journey of Moner Khabar, we collaborated with almost all levels of mental health experts and professionals of Bangladesh. With their proper knowledge, hard work and goodwill, they are working directly to bring correct information to the common people. Now a day’s people are more interested in receiving various information about mental health and are able to understand the importance of mental health treatment. Moner Khabar's media section will continue to work in the days to provide up-to-date, correct and necessary information to people all over the country. On the other hand, understanding the importance of mental health, people are more interested than before in taking mental health services. But due to economic difficulties, problems of transportation system or lack of necessary specialists, it is still not possible to reach the mental health services to most of the people. About 92.3% persons with diagnosable mental disorders are not receiving mental health management or treatment in Bangladesh which is noticeable.
For that purpose, Moner Khabar is launching a service section named MK4C. Various trainings on mental health will be provided through this service section. We want every person in the country to enjoy their personal, familial and social life to the fullest. For proper quality life and for enjoying the meaning of life needs to have a good, sound and proper physical, mental and spiritual health. The journey of Moner Khabor towards that goal will continue forever. We will try to provide every mental health related service to the people within the country or abroad.
We want to utter again, Moner khabor is `all about mental health’, মানসিক স্বাস্থ্যের সবকিছু।