What Makes Community Health Care Work?

February 22, 2011
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Below is an article published on The New York Times by Tina Rosenberg about BRAC’s community health workers A different, ingenious approach is taken by BRAC in Bangladesh. Nearly 30 years old, BRAC is a poverty-fighting organization, and a giant one — health care is only one of the things its 28,000 employees do. It also has more than 80,000 community health workers, which it calls volunteers, who cover more than 100 million people.

Below is an article published on The New York Times by Tina Rosenberg about BRAC’s community health workers A different, ingenious approach is taken by BRAC in Bangladesh. Nearly 30 years old, BRAC is a poverty-fighting organization, and a giant one — health care is only one of the things its 28,000 employees do. It also has more than 80,000 community health workers, which it calls volunteers, who cover more than 100 million people.The volunteers work on basic maternal and child health, but their biggest job is curing tuberculosis, a very labor-intensive enterprise. The hard part of curing TB is ensuring that patients keep taking all their medicines for six months. So BRAC’s village health workers watch their patients swallow their every day. This is a proven health intervention called DOTS, for Directly Observed Treatment, Short-course, that has greatly improved TB cure rates around the world. Mushtaque Chowdhury, who was deputy executive director of BRAC and oversaw its health programs, said that compensation for health workers was critical for success. But BRAC can’t pay 80,000 salaries. So, like Jamkhed, BRAC offers its health volunteers income opportunities. Unlike Jamkhed — where health workers make money in non-health businesses — BRAC’s plan encourages the volunteers to spend their time on health care.

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