How millions of women like Chobi are beating ultra poverty

How millions of women like Chobi are beating ultra poverty

“When it would rain, we did not have a dry area to sleep… I used old and torn rags to cover my children.” The video speaks for itself. A self-told story about how Chobi Rani, with the assistance of BRAC, brought herself out of the harshest forms of poverty, to feed and send her children
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Ordinary people, extraordinary feats

Ordinary people, extraordinary feats

As we read this, there are millions of people in different corners of the world who are unsure if they will wake up alive in the morning due to their inhabitancy in conflict-ridden regions. There are people who brace themselves every morning to face another day of poverty or wonder if they will be able
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Ebola: a show of solidarity

Ebola: a show of solidarity

As The New York Times reported this week, the current Ebola epidemic in West Africa will soon eclipse all other previous outbreaks combined in terms of death toll. This map shows how the epidemic is spreading through Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Friends and supporters have reached out to BRAC with concern and support. In Sierra
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The safe space intervention

The safe space intervention

Around 20 girls sit in a small room, decorated with messages about leadership, reproductive health and family planning along with pictures they have drawn themselves. This is a BRAC Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents (ELA) club. This particular club called Bwebajja is located in a semi-urban area, under BRAC’s Kajjansi branch in Uganda. Huddled together,
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Journey of an MPH student

Journey of an MPH student

I am a public health practitioner and a physician by training. I grew up in a small town in the north of Bangladesh. After finishing tenth grade I came to Dhaka and continued my studies. I finished my bachelors in medical science, worked in two of the biggest national dailies as a writer and photographer
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BRAC is empowering girls against child forced marriage through sport

England women’s cricketer Tammy Beaumont shows her support for the UK Girl’s Summit meeting with representatives of BRAC Mitu Roy and Tania Akter. Mitu and Tania are club leaders and cricket coaches from BRAC’s adolescent development programme (ADP) in Bangladesh. The programme creates safe places where adolescent girls can read, socialise, play sport together, take
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The Bangladesh Paradox: exceptional health and sanitation advances despite poverty

This article was originally posted on IRC WASH blog on 1 August 2014 by Cor Dietvorst and Vera van der Grift Dr. Mushtaque Chowdhury from BRAC on the Bangladesh public health miracle, aid or trade, arsenic, floating latrines and the post-2015 development agenda. Dr. Mushtaque Chowdhury from BRAC presents the “Bangladesh Paradox”, International Water House, 30
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Talk dirty: 12 things you probably don’t know about hygiene

Talk dirty: 12 things you probably don’t know about hygiene

It’s time to WASH up! 1. You wash your hands before you eat, because the government told you to. For students who are not taught proper hygiene at home, health education can greatly influence their lives. In many countries, comprehensive hygiene education is government-mandated. In Bangladesh, it is not. BRAC’s water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
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Hospitals changing lives of Afghan villagers

Hospitals changing lives of Afghan villagers

It was Monday, a bazaar day at Qarabag. Hundreds of people were milling about the market, which stretches along one of the roads of the junction. They were buying clothes, daily essentials and food. On these days, the number of visitors at the BRAC-managed district hospital also doubles. This is the only hospital with specialised
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Farmer-led research in increasing fodder availability in the South

Farmer-led research in increasing fodder availability in the South

In smallholder agriculture, innovation is the driving force for the improvement of farming systems. It is especially important for the development of adoption strategies to cope with constantly changing production and market conditions. Farmers have always been experimenting with new ideas and practices for locally adapted innovations. A number of approaches have been established to
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