While that campaign was successful in shifting people’s habits in sanitation, diarrhoea still accounts for 8% of 5.6 million deaths of children under 5 years of age, with pneumonia accounting for a further 16% – that’s 896,000 – more than the population of Qatar!
What is unfortunate is that these innocent lives could be saved with one simple solution.
Many of these …
Girls are outranked by boys in all aspects of life. However, when given the opportunity, girls too grow up to become engineers, lawyers and athletes. There are 600 million adolescent girls in the world today, and many miss out on these opportunities. With the right support, they can grow up to be part of a dynamic generation, knock down gender stereotypes that hold them back, and be the superheroes that the world needs.
Today, we are celebrating the stories of five girls from our adolescent club and skills programme who are on their way to doing exactly that.
Nankinga Justine jokingly asks me how I do not know her. The 27-year-old once had her pictures published in the region’s newspapers every day for nearly a month when her family was searching for her. She admits it was a difficult time, but has moved past it now. She is now a passionate play leader for children in BRAC’s play lab in the Wakiso district of central Uganda. She exudes a very playful aura, a natural result of spending long hours with small, excited children.
“I want to give children the guidance I never had as a child. I always …
During my visit to Dhaka Match, I witnessed a sight that was beyond my imagination. Residents had filled up the small canal near the slum with household waste, a practice that has been continuing for years. Drains had overflowed and alleyways were permanently inundated. Shoes, food wrappers, medicine packets, cigarettes packs, and food compost were some of the items seen floating in the purplish sludge that covered the entire slum.
For mobility, residents had two options: they either waded in the sludge or walked on flimsy boards placed between the houses and shops. Water pipes poked out of the canals …
Bangladesh, a country ranked 138th by the UN Development Index.
Dhaka, a city marked as the second most unliveable in the world.
Bangladesh, ranked the world’s 19th most stressed country.
Dhaka, Asia’s most stressed city.
A city and country scarred with daily stressors that beat down hearts, plunging the nation to 104th spot on the Coronary Heart Disease Index.
According to the WHO, cardiovascular disease is one of Bangladesh’s biggest threats. The figures are frightening: close to 200,000 deaths caused by strokes; over 100,000 by ischemic heart disease (caused by narrowed arteries); and 28,000 by hypertensive heart disease…
New York, 26 September 2018 – Two hundred years ago, tuberculosis was one of the leading killers in Western countries, due to the unsanitary and often crowded conditions of early industrial society. In New York City, from 1800-1815, 25% of all deaths was due to TB. As effective treatments were discovered, it gradually became a disease of poor countries and, as a result, financing for research and development dried up. The richer countries began to see the disease as somebody else’s problem.
This accounts for the situation we face today. TB is the deadliest infectious disease in the world, yet …
Zakia meets Firoza four times a month, twice in a group with other female participants in her neighbourhood, and twice individually at her home. She supervises the growth of Feroza’s livestock, including the cow that she has received as part grant, part interest-free loan. She gives her tips on how to earn more from her assets, discusses about health and social issues and collects her savings and loan installments.
Zakia has been seeing Firoza for nine months now and she already sees a difference. Firoza’s family used to rely on day labouring and earned approximately USD 75 (BDT 6,500) a …
These are only a few of the rumours that the Rohingyas living in the camps in Cox’s Bazar are faced with.
In December 2017, following a joint field assessment, the Government of Bangladesh and WHO launched the first phase of a diphtheria vaccination campaign in the Rohingya camps. As the biggest responder to the Rohingya crisis, BRAC, along with local and international NGOs, were tasked by the government to vaccinate children in the camps in Ukhia and Teknaf for diphtheria.
Initially, the Communicating with Communities (CwC) Working Group of the Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) that coordinates field response, mobilised …
BRAC’s credit officer Ismat Ara was about to start her day. She was surrounded by a group of women who came to pay their monthly instalments and deposit savings. This setting, known at BRAC as a village organisation (VO), has been central to microfinance since it began in Bangladesh in the early 1970s.
The group sat on a hand stitched bamboo mat under the shade of a mango tree in a client’s courtyard. As they exchanged polite greetings, Ismat Ara took out a smart tablet from her bag and began the collection process. A gap between technology and rural communities …
Maya Apa is one of BRAC’s socially-responsible investments that assist in the organisation’s mission to empower people and communities in situations of poverty, illiteracy and disease and social injustice. In 2017, Maya Apa became the first Bangladeshi startup to be accepted into Google Launchpad Accelerator Programme in California.
Dr Shayla Ahmed, the medical team lead of Maya Apa, shares the importance of empathy and research in leading a team of medical experts, and answering to people on the other end of the line.
Dr Shayla Ahmed
Medical Team Lead
“A father of a seven-year-old child messaged us once. …
Microfinance helps people excluded from the formal banking system to access a suite of financial services. It facilitates families like China’s to build assets, smooth consumption, and reduce vulnerability to shocks such as health emergencies or natural disasters. It also provides an alternative to high interest loans from informal lenders or harmful coping mechanisms such as selling productive assets.
China Akhter, 32 years
“My family and I have always relied on microfinance to grow our businesses in my hometown in Joypara.
I was nervous when I took out my first loan. I was only 27, and had never …
Starting from traffic congestion to lack of waste management systems – problems in Dhaka come in all varieties and magnitudes. An ordinary citizen may choose to point his finger at the government. However, an entrepreneur is more likely to spot business opportunities within the problems.
So, where are the start-ups in Dhaka?
Although the start-up ecosystem in Dhaka is still at its nascent stage, we see some promising start-ups coming up with innovative products and services which were beyond our imagination only five years ago.
Robust government support
Recently, the government has launched iDEA, a project that aims to support …