health

May 28, 2022

Menstruation. What’s the shame in it?

Life would be impossible without menstruation. Then why is it considered embarrassing? Thousands of schools across Bangladesh are trying to change that.
May 26, 2022

Digital doctor: Bridging healthcare gaps in remote areas

Accessing healthcare is almost always a challenge in remote areas. Telemedicine is a low-cost, time-efficient approach to overcoming this.
April 27, 2022

Malaria elimination: Ambitious or achievable?

Bangladesh is on track to end malaria - cases fell by 91% in endemic areas (from 84,690 in 2008 to 7,294 in 2021). Real-time case notification, strong surveillance systems and continuation of treatment and services even during the pandemic have all contributed to this feat.
April 27, 2022

Superheroes on the ground: BRAC’s frontline health workers

The journey of BRAC’s frontline health workers has not been easy. They are women who defy patriarchal norms everyday in order to serve their communities - and save lives in the process.
April 7, 2022

50 years of serving Bangladesh: Community healthcare to pandemic response

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.
March 24, 2022

Diagnostics on wheels: Combating tuberculosis in the Rohingya camps of Bangladesh

Tuberculosis (TB) is the second deadliest infectious disease after COVID-19. In the cramped Rohingya camps where one million people live in southern Bangladesh, the disease can spread fast. A new initiative is trying to keep up with its speed - by bringing access to TB diagnosis on wheels.
January 27, 2022

What do we need to integrate mental health into mainstream healthcare?

Bangladesh has recently passed the National Mental Healthcare Act 2018, and is about to finalise the breakthrough National Mental Health Strategy. However, resources and investment remain low, with 0.49 mental health caregivers per 100,000 population. In this backdrop, how can mental health be destigmatised and be brought to the doorsteps of everyone?
December 13, 2021

An early focus on wellbeing pays off for a lifetime

Childrens’ wellbeing is connected to their learning, and their ability to nurture meaningful relationships in their early years. Children's brains are extremely active in the early years, and the connections they make become the building blocks of their future. A good foundation makes a difference through adulthood.
October 10, 2021

Culture, compassion and communities: A mental health strategy uniquely for Bangladesh

As Bangladesh weathers the most challenging time of this generation - the COVID-19 pandemic - mental health and wellbeing has become more important than ever. BRAC is committed to enhancing community wellbeing through tackling stigma and increasing access to mental health services through culturally appropriate and compassionate approaches.
August 19, 2021

‘Sisters of peace’: The women supporting mental health in Bangladesh’s Rohingya camps

The Rohingya population had to flee some of the worst forms of persecution when they left Myanmar in 2017. Since then, living in the world’s largest makeshift settlement situated at the edge of Bangladesh in Cox’s Bazar has meant facing new forms of challenges - floods, cyclones, landslides and fires - often adding to their losses and layers of trauma. Shantir apa (sisters of peace) are leading a quiet revolution within the Rohingya camps. To help families strengthen their capacities to cope, they are ensuring an empathetic space to decompress and manage mental distress.
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.
May 30, 2021

Breaking the Taboo: Managing Menstrual Hygiene at School

Every year on 28 May, nonprofit organisations, government agencies and the private sector come together to celebrate Menstrual Hygiene Day, and advocate for the importance of menstrual hygiene. This year’s theme is action and investment in menstrual hygiene and health. Since the inception of BRAC’s water and sanitation programme in 2006, it has taken a holistic approach in addressing menstrual health, working closely with the government and other stakeholders to improve the situation.