Health

May 19, 2020

Building capacity of community health workers remotely

Community health workers need to adapt to new platforms to effectively minimise the spread of COVID-19. App-based training could be key to rapidly equip them with necessary training during lockdowns and social distancing.
May 19, 2020

BRAC’s lessons from Ebola for COVID-19: How to support a country to recover after a pandemic

This series is a collection of insights from BRAC practitioners who have led responses to mass-scale crises across the world. We present key factors for other practitioners; healthcare professionals, governments and development authorities to consider in preparation, management, relief and recovery.
May 16, 2020

Pregnancy in a pandemic: An interview

The world celebrated this year's Mothers’ Day indoors. But for many expectant mothers, this is a time of anxiety. Dr Mirana Zaman talks about how the pandemic is affecting women in low-income households physically and emotionally.
May 14, 2020
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Manoshi: Ensuring maternal care in a pandemic

Health centres in Bangladesh are overwhelmed with COVID-19 response. Many health facilities are refusing patients or closing down. Hospital beds are low in number, and many are being reserved for COVID-19 patients. 
May 13, 2020

Facing COVID-19 with a disability

One of the most glaring findings from a recent BRAC study shows how completely dependent the respondents are on external support, be it food or cash assistance.
May 7, 2020

Learning in a pandemic: 4 tips for parents and caregivers with young children at home

As more than a billion students around the world put their schooling on pause, families are doing more than ever to bring learning home.
May 3, 2020

A rapid assessment – From pandemic to poverty

We need to act now and we need to act fast. Across the world, people living in poverty are struggling to feed their children as food insecurity continues to rise sharply.
May 2, 2020
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COVID-19: Update from Asif Saleh (2 May 2020)

One of Bangladesh’s biggest harvests is almost complete, RMG factories are continuing to open, three private hospitals have been given approval to do COVID-19 testing and we have constructed a Khichuri Index to gauge food inflation as a result of the economic shutdown. Read the latest on the situation in Bangladesh and BRAC’s response.
April 28, 2020
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COVID-19: Update from Asif Saleh (27 April 2020)

The holiest month for Muslims arrives one month into economic shutdown in Bangladesh. BRAC has provided 198,182 families with cash support. Read the latest on the situation in Bangladesh and BRAC’s response.
April 26, 2020
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COVID-19: Update from Asif Saleh (25 April 2020)

Bangladesh is experiencing a rapid rise in new cases of COVID-19. Economic shutdown is continuing and hundreds of thousands of people have no income. BRAC has provided 198,069 families with cash support. Read the latest on the situation in Bangladesh and BRAC’s response.
April 21, 2020
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COVID-19: Update from Asif Saleh (21 April 2020)

The number of COVID-19 cases in Bangladesh is rapidly approaching 3,000. People in already vulnerable situations are suffering the most as economic shutdown continues. BRAC has provided a total 186,074 families with cash support to date and continues to scale up activities. Read the latest on the situation in Bangladesh and BRAC’s response.
April 18, 2020
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Frontline lessons: From Ebola to COVID-19

Hasina Akther Huq, former country director for BRAC in Uganda during the Ebola outbreak, sees parallels between the current situation in Bangladesh around COVID-19 and the Ebola outbreak in the African nation.