health

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.
May 19, 2020

BRAC’s lessons from Ebola for COVID-19: How to support a country to recover after a pandemic

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 16, 2020

Pregnancy in a pandemic: An interview

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.
May 14, 2020

Manoshi: Ensuring maternal care in a pandemic

Health centres in Bangladesh are overwhelmed with COVID-19 response. Many health facilities are refusing patients or closing down. Hospital beds are low in number, and many are being reserved for COVID-19 patients. 
May 13, 2020

Facing COVID-19 with a disability

One of the most glaring findings from a recent BRAC study shows how completely dependent the respondents are on external support, be it food or cash assistance.
May 11, 2020

BRAC’s lessons from Ebola for COVID-19: Focus on the community, support government and invest in people

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.