Up to five million people in Bangladesh are pushed into poverty every year because of healthcare costs.

 

Demographic transitions, lifestyle changes and environmental factors, combined with malnutrition, are leading to a global epidemiological shift from communicable to non-communicable diseases. Healthcare costs are rapidly increasing, with approximately two-thirds being covered by out-of-pocket expenditure in Bangladesh.

Our community-based healthcare approach employs a wide network of community health workers to ensure that people living in poverty can access high-quality, affordable services. Health workers are social entrepreneurs who ensure a continuum of care, bridging the gap between formal healthcare systems and communities.

IMPACT

 
 
 

Covid-19 response:

BRAC's 50,000 community health workers are actively involved in informing the public about the vaccinations, myth-busting, and directing people to vaccination services, in addition to continuing to provide their normal healthcare services. Our 700 community health workers are also directly supporting the government to administer vaccinations. BRAC's community health workers are trusted in their communities, and are playing a vital role in allaying fears and anxieties about the vaccinations, particularly with women in rural areas. They represent a crucial infrastructure that is not available on the same scale in the most developed countries, and their work is providing essential learning about the key role of community health workers worldwide.

HNPP's Impact During the Pandemic March 2020-2021

Learn more: BRAC Covid-19 website

STORIES

WHAT WE DO

 
 
 
 

HOW WE DO IT

 
 
last-mile

Last mile access

Door-to-door health services connect communities with private and public providers in the most remote regions
care-for-women-children

Care for women and children

Specific interventions and referral systems that focus on improving the health and nutritional status of women
health-forum

Health forums

Structured and informative community-based discussions
social-enterprises

Social enterprise

Entrepreneurship models bring care to communities and remove financing as a barrier to accessing quality services
 

WHY IT WORKS

 
 
community-base

Community-based approach

Door-to-door services delivered by community health workers employ people in rural areas to provide services to people in their communities
social-equity

Social equity

Low-cost health packages meet basic community health needs
community-empowerment

Community empowerment

Formal and informal training, incorporating community feedback in programme activities and running regular courtyard educational sessions
continum-care

Continuum of care

A strong network that connects communities with public and private health facilities
 

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