Conventional wisdom is that the health of young children is not at great risk from COVID-19, but, in the Global South, the space constraints imposed on young children by the pandemic pose a significant risk to the stimulation on which brain development thrives. Early childhood development is further jeopardised by the pandemic’s impact on caregivers.
Health crises have huge social and economic costs as witnessed in the recent COVID-19 pandemic. BRAC is addressing this challenge by promoting preventive healthcare and raising awareness about this deadly pathogen.
A year into the onset of the pandemic, years of progress in health and nutrition are being upended. A community-driven response is key to delivering undisrupted, essential healthcare services to the most vulnerable across Bangladesh.
Many women in Bangladesh woke up this morning, draped a saree and went about their day. For women living in rural areas, the saree was likely worn as an everyday item of dress, and for women living in urban areas, the saree could have been worn to a special occasion for International Women’s Day. Today, we share the story of one of the women behind those sarees.
The transition from in-school to online learning can easily seem like a mechanical one, but it creates new challenges for remote and poor communities. These challenges can lead to devastating consequences for girls.
Schools in Bangladesh have been closed since March 2020, with remote education taking their place. That poses a very practical problem. When students return, each of them will have had greatly varied educational experiences.
No one comes out of a crisis without being changed in some way, and this pandemic is a crisis on a scale we have rarely seen: It has put years of progress in human development at stake; inequity is at its worst.
As the economic impact of COVID-19 threatens food security globally, evidence-based interventions that are proven to build resilience in the face of extreme shocks are needed more than ever. Nomita’s story shows how the Graduation approach provides the tools and resources that are crucial in these difficult times.
According to a recent study, 82% of garment workers said their income fell since the pandemic hit. Nearly 52% said they are saving less than what they were saving before the pandemic, while 77% said it was difficult to feed everyone in their households.
Bangladesh has four million child brides, the second-highest in the world. More than half of all married women now in their twenties were married before the age of 18. At BRAC, tackling this challenge is one of our highest priorities. Here is a snapshot of how we are trying to change the futures of girl children.