health

February 15, 2021

Back against a wall: Bangladesh’s ready-made garments industry during COVID-19 pandemic

The export-oriented apparel sector of Bangladesh continues to struggle amidst the multiple shocks and vulnerabilities arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
December 11, 2020

A study on accessible healthcare in Bangladesh: Challenges to overcome

An estimated 1.8 million people in Bangladesh have at least one type of disability, and they remain invisible and excluded from mainstream society, with greater unmet healthcare needs.
November 19, 2020

Aquaculture for nutrition: Innovations from North Bengal

Smallholder fish farming is unheard of in arid North Bengal. Learn how more families are gaining access to nutrient-rich fresh fish and raising incomes, with skill transfer and access to finance.
October 19, 2020

Stepping up hand hygiene: How to make hand hygiene more accessible and inclusive

Can installing handwashing stations in public places help people adopt the habit of washing hands with soap? Here are our key findings.
October 13, 2020

How do we get more people to wash hands?

What can we learn from successful global initiatives which promote hygiene behaviour change at scale?
July 29, 2020

Adapting to the new normal: how BRAC is protecting its workforce

If the dystopian nature of the world amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic makes you wonder if our sense of granted normalcy has changed forever, you are not mistaken.
July 20, 2020

Urban agriculture: Future source of organic food for city dwellers

COVID-19 could double the number of people facing acute food insecurity across the world - pushing 130 million more to the brink of starvation. Greener, more edible cities could provide a solution.
July 11, 2020

Periods do not stop during a pandemic

The fall in income brought on by COVID-19 has pushed the need for sanitary napkins far down the list of essentials for many families. As a result, many women and girls are at risk of a fall in reproductive health.
June 7, 2020

BRAC’s lessons from Ebola for COVID-19: Opt for safe not sorry, supercharge communication, focus on clients and look for opportunities

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.
May 27, 2020

Lockdown in Bangladesh sees violence against women rise: The double challenge of accessing justice during a 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.
May 19, 2020

Building capacity of community health workers remotely

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.
May 19, 2020

Let’s not forget people with disabilities during this pandemic

Lockdowns and a lack of inclusive awareness materials are putting women and girls with disabilities, who are already vulnerable, at further risk.