Mother’s Day

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 9, 2014

Sweet mother

This song is an African anthem from the highlife era of the 1970s. It is a tune that speaks of the love, gratitude, appreciation and admiration that most children reserve for their mothers. It celebrates the universal bond between mother and child. In that spirit, I would like to tell you about two special mothers and how the vision, sacrifice and hard work of one brought me to the other
May 9, 2013

Mothers writing their own headlines

This week, The New York Times published an article, Africa Holds Worst Rates for First-Day Baby Deaths, Report Says.” I silently groaned, thinking that Africa is often unfairly singled out as a poverty stricken, dismal place. These headlines bother me for the mere fact that there are not enough headlines highlighting the qualities that make the continent far from dismal.
May 7, 2013

No mother stands alone

BRAC USA launched a campaign called No Mother Stands Alone to rally support for adapting BRAC's proven maternal health program in Bangladesh to countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.
April 3, 2013

We’ve made staggering progress in maternal health in Bangladesh. Where next?

100,000 in 1990 to just 194 in 2010, while other indicators like neonatal and under-five mortality have also fallen. While those numbers are still too high (in many developed countries, the rates for all are in single digits), the change is still staggering. Bangladesh is close to reaching the fourth and fifth of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals regarding child and maternal mortality.
April 18, 2012

Honor your mother, change a life

Mother's Day is about being thankful for one of the most important women in your life: your mother. She gave birth to you (one of the most dangerous things a woman can do), fed you, clothed you, and made sure you went to school (and did your homework), among many other things.