BRAC is currently the hub of the world's largest non-government network of community health workers. Across Bangladesh, this network of 50,000 women are taking essential healthcare to the doorsteps of families and reaching the last mile, standing by 80 million people every year.
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.
Imagine waking up one morning to find out the home that you lived in for years is reduced to ashes, all your assets are gone, your family members are injured and left with no food, money or shelter. Now, imagine being pregnant or having a pregnant wife only a week away from her delivery date in this situation. Scary? Given the frequent slum fires and violent eviction drives – unfortunately this is not a very uncommon scenario in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.