WASH

March 22, 2022

An island in Bangladesh is facing a water crisis. This is how people are taking control.

Rising salinity has sparked a water crisis in Bangladesh’s coastal areas, where millions of people lack adequate access to clean water. Local water entrepreneurs in Moheshkhali are fighting back.
November 18, 2021

Everyone needs access to a toilet. How can we ensure that?

1.6 million people die every year around the world because of poor hygiene and sanitation. Bangladesh has made remarkable progress in ensuring safe sanitation - open defecation is nearly zero percent. Here are five initiatives that supported improvements to sanitation, in both big and small ways:
July 12, 2021

How can behavioural insights help us to increase handwashing?

What prompts people to wash their hands and how can we use behavioural design to increase hand washing? Here is what we have learnt so far.
May 30, 2021

Breaking the Taboo: Managing Menstrual Hygiene at School

Every year on 28 May, nonprofit organisations, government agencies and the private sector come together to celebrate Menstrual Hygiene Day, and advocate for the importance of menstrual hygiene. This year’s theme is action and investment in menstrual hygiene and health. Since the inception of BRAC’s water and sanitation programme in 2006, it has taken a holistic approach in addressing menstrual health, working closely with the government and other stakeholders to improve the situation.
May 11, 2021

Is COVID-19 over(rated)?: 4 ways BRAC is helping people to continue safe hygiene practices

In a time when COVID-19 infection rate is on the rise in Bangladesh, what approaches could work to enable people to adopt safe hygiene practices? Here’s what we’ve learnt.
March 22, 2021

Valuing water: Where are we, and what do we stand to gain?

World Water Day is observed every year on 22 March. Around the world, 2.2 billion people live without access to safe water, and this day is about raising awareness and taking action to tackle the global water crisis. The theme this year is valuing water. A core focus of the day is to support the achievement of the sixth Sustainable Development Goal: Water and Sanitation for All by 2030.
August 30, 2019

HYDRO Industries and BRAC: A partnership to bring clean water to all

Wayne Preece, CEO of Hydro, explains why the whole company is proud of a new partnership that will deliver safe drinking water to people living in some of the most vulnerable and impoverished situations on the planet
March 22, 2019

What happens when schools get access to safe drinking water?

Close to 80 percent people living in Bagerhat rely on ponds as a major source of clean water since most of the water underground is rendered undrinkable.
November 20, 2018

Waste to welfare: A tale of Jamalpur and its people

The amount of waste water produced each year by Jamalpur town that ends up in its lakes is enough to fill the Empire State Building in New York.
October 15, 2018

Clean hands to save lives: Innovations from South Asia

We are celebrating Global Handwashing Day today with 12 amazing ideas that made it to the finale of WASH Innovation Challenge, organised by BRAC and UNICEF.
August 16, 2018

Walking three kilometres for a bathroom break

85% of schools in Bangladesh have at least one sanitation facility for students. Only half of them have a separate toilet for girls, with only 8% having a hand-washing station with soap and water.
August 9, 2018

From health to wealth: Sanitation standards shifting in rural Bangladesh

Bangladesh has largely succeeded in providing access to basic sanitation. Using latrines in rural communities is now no longer seen as a luxury reserved for upper-income households, but a necessity at all levels of society.