Up to five million people in Bangladesh are pushed into poverty every year because of unforeseen healthcare costs.
Healthcare in Bangladesh is characterised by insufficient access to facilities, a dearth of skilled professionals and high out-of-pocket expenditures. As communicable and non-communicable diseases are increasingly overlapping, communities in vulnerable situations are facing greater risks to their health and wellbeing.
Our community-driven healthcare approach employs 50,000 community health workers who deliver quality affordable care to 110 million people annually. Community health workers are all women, delivering door-to-door primary and essential healthcare, and facilitating linkages with formal providers.
In partnership with the Government of Bangladesh, our intervention entails public health communication, testing, facilitating vaccination, door-to-door syndromic surveillance, telemedicine and capacity enhancement of local health facilities for improved COVID-19 compliance. Grassroots-level activities are powered by our strong network of 50,000 community health workers equipped with digital tools.
HNPP's Impact During the Pandemic March 2020-2021
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Why is the CHW model effective in community level COVID response?
BRAC's 50,000 community health workers (CHW) 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 currently providing essential learning about the key role of community health workers in responding to a pandemic worldwide.