Reaching remote communities requires a unique approach.
Our work improves preventive and basic curative health services for mothers, children and babies. We manage a collection of health programmes that raise awareness of sexually transmitted diseases, ensure safe birthing practices, combat TB and Malaria, promote nutrition and improve sanitation, safe drinking water and hygiene.
The miracle solution that helped save a generation. In 1971, one in every four children in Bangladesh died before their fifth birthday, mainly because of diarrhoea. To combat this BRAC created a very simple Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS) and was able to teach it to every mother in the country. Child mortality has dramatically reduced and every household is able to use the solution when their children fall ill. Click here to find out more.
We cater especially for the needs of families living in ultra-poverty who endure the toughest economic hardships. Four decades ago, Bangladesh was labelled ‘a country without hope’ by Henry Kissinger. Now, Bangladesh has been recognised by the UN for exemplary progress towards reducing child mortality and improving maternal mortality to meet the Millennium Development Goals.
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People living in slums face some of the worst health outcomes. In rural areas people face similarly poor health outcomes but experience a different set of challenges to accessing care. To meet the needs of these vulnerable communities, BRAC developed its Essential Healthcare Programme, facilitated through a network of community health workers. These community health workers deliver care door-to-door and are trained to recognize symptoms, refer patients to local clinics or hospitals, and ensure treatment is administered correctly.
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The first five years are crucial to a child’s development and supporting mothers and their babies is at the heart of BRAC’s health programmes. Trained and dedicated community health workers motivate, educate and prepare expectant mothers for birth, supporting women from the beginning of their pregnancies through the child’s first few months. These women are volunteers from the communities who receive training and supplies from BRAC. They sell health supplies such as birthing kits, sanitary pads and malaria medication for a small profit.
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BRAC Delivery Centers
The BRAC Health programme works hand-in-hand with BRAC Delivery Centers, established to provide intranatal, delivery and emergency care.
Living Goods parnership
In Uganda, BRAC and Living Goods are working to reduce maternal and child mortality by 20 per cent through a social enterprise model. Living Goods and BRAC community health promoters, who earn wages by selling health products, conduct home visits, educate households on essential health behaviours, diagnose and treat childhood illnesses, and support pregnancies and newborns. Read more
Working in Liberia
BRAC is working with the Liberian government to improve the country’s health systems to learn to recognise high risks in pregnancy, Kumasa Mulbah, a health coordinator, is included in a series of trainings conducted by BRAC in partnership with the Ministry of Health, where she is taught to encourage pregnant women to attend health facilities. Read more
Ebola destroyed lives across West Africa. BRAC worked with local partners in Nieni Chiefdom, Koinadugu district – the largest and most remote area of Sierra Leone. We supported three community care centres which treated 106 cases of Ebola. Read more
BRAC has teamed up with TOMS to support 20,000 safe births. For every TOMS bag purchased, TOMS supports one of BRAC’s community health workers to provide a safe birth for a mother and baby in need. Read more