The game changers the world needs

The game changers the world needs

According to a nationwide study conducted in 2013, about 87 per cent of women in Bangladesh are abused by their husband. A recent report by BRAC’s community empowerment programme (CEP) revealed that eight out of 10 violence perpetrators are men. Thus involving men is crucial if we want to eradicate violence against women. In 2013,
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Spreading globally, thinking locally

Spreading globally, thinking locally

BRAC understands the significance of cultural context as well as the dangers of imposing any foreign solutions disregarding local reality. Community organisation and mobilisation and understanding the local context has been central to BRAC’s development work. This hasn’t been an exception for BRAC’s latest international undertaking in Myanmar. We now have two entities there, namely
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Learning to move forward

Learning to move forward

Kabir Mollah was pulled out from under the remains of Rana Plaza four days after the collapse. Now every time he goes into a high-rise building, he gets anxious. Shiuli Khanom was also rescued after four days. “Even though I survived, I felt hopeless,” she says. “I couldn’t sleep. I had so many thoughts and
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BRAC at the forefront of disaster risk reduction

BRAC at the forefront of disaster risk reduction

Shukla Pal is one of many shasthya kormis (health workers) of BRAC who received organisational training to serve her community against the risks of natural disaster.  A head of the household, a mother and a grandmother, almost 60 years of age, she knows the importance of standard first aid practices required to attend casualties amongst
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Why we need a grassroot mental health revolution

Why we need a grassroot mental health revolution

Whether it is the globally mourned celebrity deaths like that of Robin Williams’, or the shocking Rana Plaza tragedy occurring close to heart, recent news at both home and abroad have sparked global conversations on the importance of prioritising mental health at multiple forefronts. BRAC, a global leader in tackling poverty through social development, has
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A cause worth fighting for

According to a WHO global status report, more than 1.24 million deaths occur globally, every year because of road accidents. It has been identified as the eighth leading cause of death. However, road accidents are more  common  in low and middle-income countries. In Bangladesh the situation is unfathomable as the exact number of deaths caused
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A frugal solution to healthy hearts

A frugal solution to healthy hearts

Heart disease is often regarded as a problem that a person is born with, or something that eventually happens in older adults. Non-modifiable risk factors like advancing age and family history are not the only reasons for heart disease. In fact, 80 per cent of premature deaths from cardiovascular disease could be avoided if modifiable
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Rising from Rana Plaza

Rising from Rana Plaza

Pervin Khatun lost her husband in the Rana Plaza disaster. “He was the sole breadwinner and I had no prior work experience,” she said. “But running this grocery store will give me a steady income and I can continue to support my family.” Pervin received support to set up her grocery store as part of
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When small results in BIG

When small results in BIG

Maria Ndagire is 17 years old. Her parents died when she was only four years old. “My uncle had to take care of us after our parents died, but it was not easy. He already had his own children to care for and did not earn that much money.” Ndagire almost gave up on life
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Finding the voice of the community

Finding the voice of the community

As dusk fell in the small town of Pachargali, Rangpur, dozens of lanterns blinked to life, marking a clearing surrounded by corn and paddy fields. A crowd gathered around a makeshift stage. BRAC’s popular theatre was back in town, a much awaited event for this village. A hush fell as a man in a yellow
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