Bangladesh completes world’s second largest cholera vaccination campaign

Bangladesh completes world’s second largest cholera vaccination campaign

When a population the size of Luxembourg moves to an area less than 1% the size of where it came from, in a matter of weeks, with no water, sanitation or hygiene facilities, an outbreak of a life-threatening disease turns from a terrifying possibility into a very real threat. Over 582,000 people from the Rakhine
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Lunch time at the Thaingkhali settlement, Cox’s Bazar

Lunch time at the Thaingkhali settlement, Cox’s Bazar

A boy and a girl tussle over a bowl. It looks similar to one he lost in the crowd, and he needs one if he wants to get the food that is being served. The girl too realises that she will have to starve for the day if she lets the bowl go. She holds
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Averting a mass health crisis at Bangladesh’s most popular holiday destination

Averting a mass health crisis at Bangladesh’s most popular holiday destination

People are arriving by the thousands every day to Cox’s Bazar, but they are not wearing flowery hats and carrying beach towels. Cox’s Bazar is the world’s longest sea beach, and littered with holidaymakers and colourful beach umbrellas throughout the year. Less than an hour’s drive from the string of shiny hotels, however now lies
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Stopping fires in slums: A surprisingly simple solution

Stopping fires in slums: A surprisingly simple solution

On a quiet Wednesday afternoon in early August, Dhaka’s Tejgaon fire station got a call from Beltola, a crowded part of Korail slum. An electric wire was sparking and nearby houses were starting to catch on fire. Based on previous experiences, the firefighters could guess what awaited them: Panic, chaos, people struggling to rescue their
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With love, from Bangladesh- Sending children’s clothes to Cox’s Bazar

With love, from Bangladesh- Sending children’s clothes to Cox’s Bazar

An estimated 507,000 people are now living on the border of Bangladesh and Myanmar, and more than half of them are children. Most of them have arrived with zero possessions, apart from the clothes they wore while making the long and dangerous journey. Children as young as a day old have travelled for days. As
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Holding on to childhood through child friendly spaces

Holding on to childhood through child friendly spaces

Nine-year-old Amin plays with a rhino and a horse in a land of make believe. It has been a week since he arrived in Bangladesh with his family. Their route took them through the sea for two days and across deep valleys and thick jungle for another three days. Amin’s two younger siblings are back
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A Bangladeshi NGO’s herculean response to a humanitarian crisis

A Bangladeshi NGO’s herculean response to a humanitarian crisis

The Government of Bangladesh has opened its doors to close to half a million people from the Rakhine state of Myanmar in the last four weeks. Now comes the difficult part — managing the crisis inside Bangladesh.   When a humanitarian crisis of this scale hits, it can be easy to overlook the local players — especially as large,
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5 ways young people can help tackle climate change

5 ways young people can help tackle climate change

Flood levels have reached record highs in South Asia this year. Over 20 million people have been affected in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal. More than one-third of Bangladesh was underwater. Bangladesh and its people, however, are survivors. Our landscape makes us prone to natural disasters, and over the years people have learned to adapt to
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The doctor without a degree saving hundreds of lives in Bangladesh

The doctor without a degree saving hundreds of lives in Bangladesh

It is 5:30am in Kaliyakoir, Gazipur, and Nilufar Yasmin’s patients are waiting already outside, lined up beside a sign that says ‘BRAC Shasthya Shebika’. They are farmers and shopkeepers, and they have come to ‘Doctor Apa’ to get their daily dose of tuberculosis medicine before heading to work. Nilufar’s parents married her off at 13
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BRAC and University of Cambridge: Collaboration across borders

BRAC and University of Cambridge: Collaboration across borders

Five of us from the MBA programme of University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School, volunteered to join BRAC for an academic consulting project this April. We were fortunate to work on the Integrated Land Services Office (ILSO), an initiative of the organisation’s Human Rights and Legal Aid Services (HRLS). The four-week immersive visit allowed us
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