Stay Informed: BRAC in the Media

Funding for human rights: the BRAC experience
An openDemocracy article by Ian Smillie
March 17, 2014

Funding for NGO human rights efforts is difficult at the best of times, even in countries where there is a philanthropic tradition and widespread understanding. In many developing countries, however, there is neither, which leaves funding for human rights work largely dependent on external donors. As Saskia Brechenmacher and Thomas Carothers noted on openGlobalRights, this dependence on external funds often leaves recipients ......Read More

BRAC Frontline Health Workers –fighting a war against Tuberculosis and re-establishing the social status of TB patients
BRAC has been recruiting and training Shasthya Shebikas (SS), front
line health workers, in Bangladesh since 1972. Currently 97,000
Shasthya Shebikas and an additional 10,000 Shasthya Komi are providing
a multitude of health services in Bangladesh's communities. For Tuberculosis, they provide TB information, identify TB cases and administer Directly Observed Treatment Short Course (DOTS). They also refer more than 40% of the TB symptomatic cases to health facilities. SSs receive a......Read More

When Given the Opportunity, Extreme Poor Take Destiny Into Their Own Hands
A Huffington Post article by Tilman Ehrbeck

When the U.N. General Assembly adopted The Universal Declaration of
Human Rights in December 1948, it essentially stipulated the right for all people to a decent job with decent pay and social protection in the case of temporary unemployment that would lift them back into the workforce. This made sense for the industrialized economies that made up the U.N. at the time and that were yearning for prosperity and social justice after the de......Read More

BRAC supplements government efforts to curb unemployment
A IPP Media article by David Kisanga
3 February, 2014

Unemployment is still a critical problem in Tanzania in the wake of increasing population size---which rose from 34 million in 2002 to around 44.9 million as August 2012 census. A large portion of these populations is youth from the age of 17 who have graduated from various universities and eagerly looking for jobs--to earn their living. Despite the fact that these young graduates are increasingly becoming a burden to the na......Read More

BRAC Liberia Gets Outstanding NGO 2013-2014 Award

A Daily Observer, Liberia article by Gloria T. Tamba
26 January, 2014 Royal Communications Incorporated has awarded BRAC Liberia for what they termed "Outstanding contributions in helping the Government of Liberia in buttressing its Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS)." BRAC is a non-governmental organization (NGO), engaged in providing microfinance/micro-loans to vulnerable Liberians as well as helping to boost the agriculture sector. According to the director of news and progr......Read More

Maternal health targets need to be hard and heard – but realistic
A Maternal Health Task Force guest post by Kaosar Afsana
January 20, 2014

Targets matter. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) focused our collective attention in a way that was sorely needed. We've made progress -incredible progress- in reducing maternal deaths. It's questionable whether some countries would have prioritized maternal health without the bright light of MDG 5. Even governments that hadn't been known for taking bold action took note of these targets on a regular......Read More

Inclusiveness, the missing link of our education system
The Financial Express BD article by Nadia Afrin Shams
19 January, 2014

As a child one of my most favorite readings was "Dustu Cheler Dol" (Naughty Boys Group) by Md. Zafor Iqbal. The central character of the story is a boy named Bilu who had to drop out from school and work to support his family. Did I realise that I was being exposed to the harshest fact of our educational system when I read that story? The answer is 'no'. It was beyond my ability to fathom the gravity of the pr......Read More

BRAC Maendeleo out to help Tanzania's small, medium farmers
IPP Media article by Judica Tarimo
15 January, 2014

Tanzania is endowed with plenty of arable land on which over 80 per cent of the population depends. Although many parts of the country experience favourable weather conditions, crop production contributes only 35 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the annual growth rate is only 3.8 per cent. Food crop production has grown at a rate of 2.8 per cent accounting for 65 per cent of agricultural GDP and cash crop accounts f......Read More

Columbia Professor Seeking Health Transition in Bangladesh
Dr. Mushtaque Chowdhury, professor of clinical population and family
health at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and
founding dean of BRAC University's James P. Grant School of Public
Health in Bangladesh, has authored research in a Lancet Bangladesh series of papers. "Overall, there has been a shift from the priority of managing infectious diseases to where we are now - a focus on public health programs to mitigate the effects of natural disasters and the burg......Read More

A Quiet Revolution in Bangladesh

A Global Fund article
January 8, 2014 Darshana Chakma peers through a microscope, a hot breeze from the rice paddies blowing through the open windows of her small clinic. A girl suffering from chills and a bad headache waits nervously with her family to find out if she has malaria. Darshana gets the results - negative - and the news is met with cries of joy from her family, before Darshana makes a record in a worn notebook. "It is only a fever, but make sure the children sleep ......Read More

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