Community Health Promoters

June 22, 2011

Inspiration and Hope in Afghanistan

In 2002, shortly after the fall of the Taliban, BRAC initiated programs in Afghanistan. In the span of nine years of operations, BRAC has grown to become the country's largest and most sustainable development organization employing over 3,000 people, 90% of whom are local Afghans and over 40% of whom are women.
June 15, 2011

BRAC Afghanistan: Changing the most dangerous place on earth for women

Today, TrustLaw, which runs AlertNet, published a "Danger Poll" identifying the world's five most dangerous countries for women, with Afghanistan topping the list.  These figures serve only to further motivate our dedicated BRAC Afghanistan staff, who strive every day to change these conditions.Among the multifaceted BRAC Afghanistan programs in microfinance, health, enterprise development, community development, and education, are 2,297 BRAC schools where 84% of the enrolled students are girls. BRAC is realizing the potential of gender equality in education by increasing the enrollment of young girls through completion of their primary education, and by training local women to teach in these schools.
May 10, 2011

No Woman, No Cry is now on YouTube!

Thanks to Oprah's OWN Network, you can now see No Woman, No Cry, the documentary by Christy Turlington Burns, on YouTube until May 16th.
March 23, 2011

Health Promoter & Entrepreneur in Sierra Leone

I met Margaret on my most recent trip to West Africa. Margaret is a BRAC Sierra Leone health promoter in Grassfield, south-east of central Freetown. In only three months after joining, she is already very active in health education in her community. "I first learned about many health topics from BRAC - importance of breast feeding, TB, Malaria, personal hygiene, safe drinking water, and more." She is noticing changes in the level of cleanliness and hygiene maintained by members in the community that she covers.