COVID-19

August 2, 2021

COVID-19 in Bangladesh: Update from Asif Saleh (31 July 2021)

The Delta variant continues to ravage Bangladesh, with July having the most fatalities to COVID-19 to date. BRAC has launched a campaign to support families hit the hardest, and the Community Fort for Resisting COVID-19 project is running at full speed. In addition, we update you on rising cases and flooding in Cox’s Bazar, in both the Rohingya camps and host communities.
July 15, 2021

How do we build forts of resistance against COVID-19?

More than one year since the first COVID-19 case in Bangladesh, infection rates are reaching new records. The delta variant is spreading across the country. Despite the rampant spread of the infection in communities, there is still reluctance towards following healthcare guidelines.
July 13, 2021

Village cooperatives addressing COVID-19: Stories from the gas-field regions of greater Sylhet

Cooperative societies are the major wheel turners of the rural economy in Bangladesh. With 3,998 members, 110 village development organisations have been established around the gas-field areas of Sylhet, Moulvibazar and Habiganj districts of Bangladesh. These cooperatives, formed to enhance the socio-economic conditions of its members, are registered with the government’s Department of Cooperatives, supported by the Jibika project in collaboration with BRAC and Chevron.
July 13, 2021

COVID-19: Update from Asif Saleh (9 July 2021)

Bangladesh is being devastated by the delta variant. BRAC is building a fort of resistance within communities to combat the virus. We are racing against time and building the plane as we are flying. More from Asif Saleh, Executive Director, BRAC Bangladesh:
July 13, 2021

Adapting the Graduation approach for urban poverty

As COVID-19 continues to disrupt economies around the globe, the number of people living in urban poverty is increasing at an alarming rate. Urban contexts present unique challenges to poverty that require contextualised, adaptable interventions. Learn how BRAC is helping communities living in urban poverty address these challenges.
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.
June 20, 2021

Snapshot: 10 ways BRAC has been supporting Cox’s Bazar through the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic created a crisis on top of a crisis in Cox’s Bazar, where almost a million people from the Rohingya community reside in makeshift camps. Here is a snapshot of how BRAC has been supporting the Rohingya and host communities in the region during the pandemic.
June 8, 2021

Equipping households for better hygiene: What BRAC is learning

Can increasing access to portable handwashing devices and soap in people’s homes lead to improved hand hygiene? Here is what we found out.
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.
May 2, 2021

Addressing the impact of COVID-19 on infants and young children

Conventional wisdom is that the health of young children is not at great risk from COVID-19, but, in the Global South, the space constraints imposed on young children by the pandemic pose a significant risk to the stimulation on which brain development thrives. Early childhood development is further jeopardised by the pandemic’s impact on caregivers.
April 20, 2021

How BRAC’s urban health centres are responding to the pandemic

Health crises have huge social and economic costs as witnessed in the recent COVID-19 pandemic. BRAC is addressing this challenge by promoting preventive healthcare and raising awareness about this deadly pathogen.
March 16, 2021

Community-based healthcare for COVID response: option or necessity?

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.