Today is World Environment Day. The day comes at a time of enormous upheaval. As the world faces COVID-19, we are seeing significant reductions in carbon emissions as well as significant rises in plastic disposable products and medical waste. The question we should all be asking is: What do we want the world to look like after the pandemic?
Access to justice has long been a challenge in Bangladesh, particularly for women facing violence. Violence is always heavily under reported, but with lockdown due to COVID-19 women are even more restricted in terms of escaping, reporting and accessing support in cases of violence. Meanwhile, BRAC’s data shows violence against women has increased alarmingly compared to the same period last year. Virtual courts offer new hope in transparency, efficiency and speed.
It is an Eid like no other. Recovery efforts have begun after Cyclone Amphan’s destruction of several coastal regions. The testing conundrum is worsening in the country, and we may be entering the last week of lockdown. Read the latest about COVID-19 in Bangladesh.
Economic lockdowns and social distancing have turned COVID-19 from a public health crisis to a humanitarian disaster. BRAC has constructed a ‘Khichuri Index’ to understand the net impact of these changes on the food security of people who depend on daily wages.
Community health workers need to adapt to new platforms to effectively minimise the spread of COVID-19. App-based training could be key to rapidly equip them with necessary training during lockdowns and social distancing.
This series is a collection of insights from BRAC practitioners who have led responses to mass-scale crises across the world. We present key factors for other practitioners; healthcare professionals, governments and development authorities to consider in preparation, management, relief and recovery.
Bangladesh’s public healthcare system is at a breaking point, and the first two cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar. Read the latest about the pandemic in Bangladesh.
The world celebrated this year's Mothers’ Day indoors. But for many expectant mothers, this is a time of anxiety. Dr Mirana Zaman talks about how the pandemic is affecting women in low-income households physically and emotionally.
Almost 18 million people live in extreme poverty in Bangladesh. The impact of COVID-19 on their livelihoods has been catastrophic. Research by BIGD and PPRC shows a 73% drop in income in households living in extreme poverty when measured in the first week of April 2020 compared to two months prior. The biggest challenge during COVID-19 is how to get relief to these people, who often live in hard-to-reach areas.