BRAC

BRAC

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BRAC International Policy Plan

Our Identity

Successfully incorporated in the Netherlands in March 2009, Stichting BRAC International can be described as a general welfare institution that threads together BRAC International’s diverse development programmes around the globe into one unique garment. Our activities focus on long term sustainable poverty reduction. Our unique holistic approach to poverty alleviation and empowerment of the poor include a range of core programmes in economic and social development, health, education, human rights and legal services, as well as disaster management.

Geography

We are based in the Netherlands and our reach is far greater as we are incorporating our operations in Africa and Asia under Stichting BRAC International. We plan to expand our presence in other countries in the near future.

How Stichting BRAC International is structured

Our current operations in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Philippines, Myanmar and Nepal are brought under Stichting BRAC International. In each of these countries, entities are legally registered with the relevant authorities.

Our Vision

Stichting BRAC International’s vision is of a just, enlightened, healthy, and democratic world free from hunger, poverty, environmental degradation, and all forms of exploitation based on age, sex, and ethnicity.

Our Mission

Our mission is to work with people whose lives are dominated by extreme poverty, illiteracy, disease, and other disadvantages. With a holistic approach, we strive to bring about positive changes in the quality of life of the poor.

We achieve our mission by:

  • Working with the poor and disadvantaged members of the society especially women and children
  • Mitigating the threat of poverty
  • Engaging in multifaceted interventions for large scale poverty alleviation
  • Working towards attaining socially, financially, and environmentally sustainable programs
  • Promoting human rights, dignity, and gender equality
  • Helping to shape national and global policies on poverty reduction and social progress
  • Fostering the development of human potential
  • Working towards the advancement of education
  • The provision of general public health, education, and water
  • Promoting arts and sciences
  • Encouraging research in the fields of human well being

Aim

Stichting BRAC International aims to contribute to welfare activities to alleviate poverty and improve the lives of the poor. In line with the sustainable development goals (SDGs), Stichting BRAC International will work to:

  • End poverty and hunger
  • Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities
  • Promote gender equality and empower women
  • Improve maternal health
  • Control HIV/AIDS, Maleria, and other diseases
  • Ensure environmental sustainability
  • Develop a global partnership to development

Stichting BRAC International will receive grants, charities, and other assistance to the attainment of its goals.

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BRAC International Executive Body

 

 

 

Faruque Ahmed

Faruque Ahmed
Executive Director
BRAC International

Faruque Ahmed is the executive director of BRAC International. He previously held the position of senior director at BRAC International. He is also a member of the executive management committee.

Prior to this, Mr Ahmed was the director of BRAC’s health programme for 10 years, playing a critical role in shaping the organisation’s health strategy and scaling several community-based health and nutrition interventions.

Before joining BRAC, Mr Ahmed worked as senior operations officer in the health, nutrition and population team at the World Bank, Bangladesh.

Mr Ahmed started his career as a research and planning officer in 1976, and then worked in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. He serves as a member of the working group of Bangladesh Health Watch and formerly represented civil society on the GAVI Alliance board.

Mr Ahmed completed his master’s in health sciences from Johns Hopkins University, and master’s in economics from the University of Dhaka. 

 

 

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Mohammad Mamdudur Rashid
Chief Financial Officer

Mohammad Mamdudur Rashid is the chief financial officer of BRAC and BRAC International.  

Prior to joining BRAC in 2017, he served as the additional managing director and head of wholesale banking at BRAC Bank Limited. He previously held various important roles at BRAC Bank including those of chief financial officer and strategic leadership for SME business.

Mr Rashid has been in the financial service industry for 25 years, the majority of which was spent in banking, a career that began in 1995 with Citibank-Bangladesh. His banking career spanned across Bangladesh, India and Australia. He managed a number of functional areas covering finance, operations, compliance, credit administration, HR and general services.

Prior to joining BRAC Bank, Mr Rashid served as the head of strategic planning for Citibank-Australia and New Zealand for its institutional banking business. He also held numerous other senior positions in Citibank, including that of chief operating officer of Citibank-Bangladesh during 2001-2005.

Mr Rashid completed his MBA from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) of University of Dhaka as vice chancellor’s gold medalist, and his MA in international economics and finance as a fulbright scholar from Brandeis University in Massachusetts, USA. In his multifaceted career, Mr Rashid was also a lecturer of finance at IBA, a Merchant Mariner and won the President’s Gold Medal of Marine Academy in 1985. 

 

 

Asif Saleh

Asif Saleh
Senior Director
Strategy, Communication and Empowerment
BRAC and BRAC International

Asif Saleh is the senior director of strategy, communications and empowerment for BRAC and BRAC International. He oversees advocacy, information and communications technology, communications and the social innovation lab. He also leads the empowerment cluster, which includes migration, human rights and legal aid services, the urban development programme and the skills development programme.

Prior to joining BRAC in 2011, Mr Saleh was an executive director at Goldman Sachs and also worked at GlaxoWellcome, NorTel and IBM.

Upon his return to Bangladesh in 2008, he worked as a policy specialist for the UNDP-funded Access to Information Programme (A2i) at the Prime Minister’s Office.

Mr Saleh is the founder of Drishtipat, a global organisation with chapters across the globe focusing on human and economic rights of Bangladeshis. He was recognised for his work by Asia Society’s Asia 21 programme in 2008, the Bangladeshi American Foundation in 2007, and was selected as an Asia 21 Fellow in 2012. He was selected to be a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2013.

Mr Saleh holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and an MBA in management from NYU Stern School of Business.

He is a member of the board of director for BRAC Net and IPDC, one of the oldest financial institutions in the country. He also chairs BRAC IT Services Limited. He is a board member of multiple non-profits, such as 1 Degree Initiative, Spreeha, Institute of Informatics and Development. Mr Saleh is a member of the advisory council of the Public Interest Registry and a 2013 mentor of the Unreasonable Institute. 

 

 

Jalaluddin Ahmed

Jalaluddin Ahmed
Director, Asia Region
BRAC International

Jalaluddin Ahmed is the director for Asia Region of BRAC International. He is responsible for the development and implementation of country programmes, focusing on sector plans, resource mobilisation, and the quality of country operations.

Mr Ahmed has over 30 years of experience in the development field and has worked in several programmes including health, microfinance, education, agriculture and women’s empowerment. He joined BRAC in 1980 in the research and evaluation division and since then, has held various positions including associate director at BRAC International, associate director of BRAC’s health programme, country head of Afghanistan and Pakistan, and country representative of Afghanistan.

He is also a member of Public Health Association, Bangladesh.

Mr Ahmed completed his MSc in community health from London School of Tropical Medicine, University of London, and completed a certified programme on managing health from Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University. Prior to this, he completed his graduation and post-graduation in economics from University of Chittagong. 

 

 

Lamia Rashid

Lamia Rashid
Director, Africa Region
BRAC International

Lamia Rashid is the director of the Africa Region, BRAC International. She is responsible for developing and implementing country programmes, focusing on sector plans, resource mobilisation, and quality of country operations.

Previously, Ms Rashid served as the country director of Action Against Hunger in Bangladesh. Prior to this, she was the associate director of BRAC International where she led strategy formulation for the BRAC International countries, as well as large-scale country and multi-country programmes. She identified fundraising, business development and partnership opportunities for countries, regionally and globally.

Ms Rashid has worked in international development for over 22 years in several countries in Asia and Africa and in organisations including Save the Children and the World Bank. Her expertise lies in the areas of programme management, strategy development, technical support and policy analysis. She has a master’s in development studies from London School of Economics and Political Science. 

 

 

Shameran Abed

Shameran Abed
Director
Microfinance, BRAC and BRAC International

Shameran Abed is the director of BRAC’s microfinance and ultra poor programmes. BRAC’s microfinance programme serves more than five million clients in seven countries in Asia and Africa, and has total assets exceeding USD 1.7 billion. BRAC’s ground-breaking ultra poor programme has graduated more than 1.7 million households out of the direst forms of poverty and social deprivation and has inspired the global uptake of the ‘graduation model’ to tackle extreme poverty.

Mr Abed also serves as the chairman of BRAC Bank’s mobile financial services subsidiary, bKash, and is on the boards of IPDC Finance Limited and Guardian Life Insurance Limited. Additionally, he is a member of the Microfinance CEO Working Group and sits on the Microfinance Network Steering Committee and the World Economic Forum Financial Inclusion Steering Committee.

Mr Abed is a lawyer by training, having been made a barrister by the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn in London, UK. He completed his undergraduate studies at Hamilton College in the United States, majoring in economics and minoring in political science. 

 

 

Nanda Dulal Saha

Nanda Dulal Saha
Director
Internal Audit
BRAC and BRAC International

Nanda Dulal Saha FCA is the director of internal audit for BRAC and BRAC International. He also served on the board of BRAC EPL Investments Limited from 2009 to 2014. He joined BRAC in 2007 as the head of internal audit. He has over 14 years of experience in internal control system, assurance, accounting, finance, compliance, risk management , tax matters, and legal affairs.

Prior to joining BRAC, Mr Saha worked in audit and assurance services with Rahman Rahman Huq, Chartered Accountants, a member firm of KPMG International.

Mr Saha is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh, and a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), USA and IIA Bangladesh. He is also a member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), USA and ISACA Dhaka, Bangladesh Chapter. He served as director– membership of the ISACA Dhaka, Bangladesh Chapter for the period 2011-2015. He is currently a member of the Technical and Research of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh. 

 

 

Munmun Chowdhury

Munmun Chowdhury
Chief People Officer
BRAC International

Munmun Salma Chowdhury is the chief people officer of BRAC International. Before joining BRAC, she was the global HR generalist in CARE USA (based in Bangladesh), covering 13 countries in Asia and the Middle East. She led the HR network of CARE in Asia and the Middle East, developed policy guidelines for an empowered and equitable workforce, and led the female leadership programme of CARE in Asia. Prior to that, she was the regional human resources business partner for Asia at CARE USA.

Prior to that, Ms Chowdhury served as the general manager of HRD, programme coordinator of education, and held several other positions at CARE Bangladesh. She also worked for Unity for Social and Human Action and the Association for Development Agencies of Bangladesh. Ms Chowdhury holds a master’s and PhD in psychology from the University of Dhaka. 

 

 

Saif Md Imran Siddique

Saif Md Imran Siddique
Director, Finance
BRAC International

Saif Md Imran Siddique joined BRAC in January 2016 as the director of finance for BRAC International. Previously, he worked as the assistant vice president in Total Access Communication PCL (DTAC) in Bangkok, Thailand, under the Financial Planning and Analysis Division. Prior to that, he was the head of financial planning and budgeting at Robi Axiata Ltd in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

He began his career at Grameenphone Limited in 2001. After a brief study break, he joined Grameenphone again in 2004 and worked for nine years, where he served last as the general manager and head of business performance reporting.

Mr Saif brings with him a wealth of leadership and managerial experience in the telecommunications sector, especially in the areas of strategic financial management and cost efficiency initiatives, business planning, dynamic forecasting, business performance analysis, financial statements and management reporting. He holds an MBA from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA, and a BBA from North South University, Dhaka.

 

Country Representative

 

M Anwar Hossain

Country Representative, BRAC Afghanistan

Sher Zaman

Country Representative, BRAC Pakistan

Nazrul Islam

Country Representative, BRAC Philippines

Mainuddin Ahmed

Country Representative, BRAC Liberia

Tapan Kumar Karmaker

Country Representative, BRAC Sierra Leone

Rakibul Bari Khan

Country Representative, BRAC Tanzania

Rezaul Karim

Country Representative, BRAC South Sudan

Kazi Faisalbin Seraj

Country Representative, BRAC Myanmar

Hasina Akhter

Country Representative, BRAC Uganda

Khemraj Upadhyaya

Country Representative, BRAC Nepal

Tapan Kumar Karmaker

Managing Director, Micro finance Ltd., Liberia and Sierra Leone

Jimmy Adiga

CEO, Microfinance Ltd., Uganda

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Governing Body Members

 

Stiching BRAC International

Supervisory Board Members

 

 

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed KCMG

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed KCMG
Chairperson

Sir Fazle was born in 1936 in Bangladesh. He studied Accountancy in London, qualifying as a Cost Management Accountant in 1962. While he was working as a senior corporate executive at Shell Oil, the 1970 cyclone and 1971 Liberation War in Bangladesh dramatically changed the direction of his life. He left his job and moved to London, where he helped initiate Action Bangladesh and HELP Bangladesh in support of the Liberation War.

Early in 1972, after the war was over, he returned to the newly-independent Bangladesh, finding the economy in ruins. The return of 10 million refugees, who had sought shelter in India during the war, called for urgent relief and rehabilitation efforts. Sir Fazle established BRAC to address the needs of refugees in a remote area of north-eastern Bangladesh, guided by a desire to help the poor develop their own capacity to better manage their lives.

Today BRAC is one of the largest NGOs in the world, operating across eleven countries in Africa and Asia. Its primary objectives are to alleviate poverty and empower the poor. BRAC was ranked first by Geneva-based 'NGO Advisor' in 2017 in terms of impact, innovation and sustainability.

Sir Fazle has been honoured with numerous national and international awards for his achievements in leading BRAC, including the Jose Edgardo Campos Collaborative Leadership Award, South Asia Region (2016), Thomas Francis, Jr. Medal in Global Public Health (2016), World Food Prize (2015), Trust Women Hero Award (2014), Spanish Order of Civil Merit (2014), Leo Tolstoy International Gold Medal (2014), CEU Open Society Prize (2013), Inaugural WISE Prize for Education (2011), Entrepreneur for the World Award (2009), David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award (2008), Inaugural Clinton Global Citizen Award (2007), Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership (2007), Palli Karma Shahayak Foundation (PKSF) Award for lifetime achievement in social development and poverty alleviation (2007), UNDP Mahbubul Haq Award for Outstanding Contribution to Human Development (2004), Gates Award for Global Health (2004), Gleitsman Foundation International Activist Award (2003), Schwab Foundation’s Social Entrepreneurship Award (2003), Olof Palme Prize (2001), InterAction Humanitarian Award (1998) and Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership (1980).

He is also recognised by Ashoka as one of the 'global greats' and is a founding member of its prestigious Global Academy for Social Entrepreneurship. In 2009, he was appointed Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George by the British Crown in recognition of his services to reducing poverty in Bangladesh and internationally. Sir Fazle was a member of the Group of Eminent Persons appointed by the UN Secretary-General in 2010 to advise on support for the Least Developed Countries. In both 2014 and 2017, he was named in Fortune Magazine’s List of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.

The many honorary degrees received by Sir Fazle Hasan Abed include those from Princeton University (2014), the University of Oxford (2009), Columbia University (2008) and Yale University (2007). 

 

 

Dr Mushtaque Chowdhury

Dr Mushtaque Chowdhury

Dr Mushtaque Chowdhury is an advisor to the chairperson and founder of BRAC. He is also a professor of population and family health at the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University, New York. During 2009-2012, he served as a senior advisor to the Rockefeller Foundation, based in Bangkok, Thailand. He also worked as a MacArthur/Bell Fellow at Harvard University.

Dr Chowdhury is one of the founding members of the Bangladesh Education Watch and Bangladesh Health Watch, two civil society watchdogs on education and health respectively. He is on the board and committees of several organisations and initiatives, including the Advisory Board of the South Asia Centre at London School of Economics, Lead Group for Scaling Up Nutrition Movement at United Nations and is the current chair of the Asia-Pacific Action Alliance on Human Resources for Health (AAAH). Dr Chowdhury was a coordinator of the UN Millennium Task Force on Child Health and Maternal Health, set up by the former Secretary General Kofi Annan.

He is a recipient of the ‘Innovator of the Year 2006’ award from the Marriott Business School of Brigham Young University in USA, the PESON oration medal from the Perinatal Society of Nepal in 2008 and Outstanding Leadership Award from Dhaka University Statistics Department Alumni Association. He has a wide interest in development, particularly in the areas of education, public health, poverty eradication and environment. Dr Chowdhury has published several books and over 150 articles in peer-reviewed international journals.

Dr Chowdhury holds a PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, an MSc from the London School of Economics and a BA from the University of Dhaka. 

 

 

Dr Muhammad Musa

Dr Muhammad Musa

Dr Muhammad Musa is the executive director of BRAC. He has an extensive background in leading humanitarian, social development, and public health organisations in international, cross-cultural settings. A medical doctor and public health specialist, he has a specialised training in maternal and child nutrition, and disaster management.

Before joining BRAC, he worked for 32 years with CARE International as one of its senior international management professionals. Twenty of those years were spent working in Ethiopia, Uganda, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, India, Bangladesh and Asia region.

He has long experience in strategic leadership, governing board management, executive-level management of large-scale operations, and humanitarian and social development programme management. He specialises in people management, leadership development, conflict resolution, and organisational change management. He also has a proven track record in effective external relationship management, marketing, brand-building, communications, and fundraising for humanitarian and development projects. He has been successful in bringing about convergence of philanthropic approaches and entrepreneurial methodologies to create sustainable development programming that achieves impact on a large scale.

In the professional field, Dr Musa has established a reputation for leading complex organisational change processes in multicultural settings. In addition, he is known for his unique ability to attract and develop young professionals into humanitarian and social development leaders. He is also an internationally recognised senior management trainer and an experienced coach. 

 

 

Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya

Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya

Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya, a macro-economist and public policy analyst, is currently a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) in Dhaka. He is a former Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the World Trade Organization offices in Geneva and Vienna, and the special advisor on Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to the secretary general of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). He is associated with a number of leading institutions, networks and editorial boards of reputed journals. Dr Bhattacharya has studied in Dhaka, Moscow and Oxford, and held a number of visiting positions, including at the Center for Global Development (CGD), Washington DC. He is the chair of two global networking initiatives, LDC IV Monitor and Southern Voice on Post-MDG International Development Goals. 

 

 

Shabana Azmi

Shabana Azmi

Shabana Azmi is an internationally renowned film and theatre actress. She is also a highly respected social activist.

As chairperson of Nivara Hakk, she has worked for the rights of slum dwellers in Mumbai for the last 30 years. She undertook a 5-day hunger strike and courted arrest demanding alternative accommodation for a slum that had been demolished, forcing the Government to agree. Nivara Hakk, in concert with the Government and a private builder, has built homes for 50,000 slum dwellers at no cost.

As chair of Mijwan Welfare Society she works for the rights of girls and women. Ms Azmi is opposed to religious fundamentalism of all hues and is highly respected as a progressive liberal activist. She has been a former member of the Upper House in India’s Parliament.

Ms Azmi is a recipient of the International Gandhi Peace Prize and has been given countless awards for her work as an actor and an activist. 

 

 

Shafiq ul Hassan

Shafiq ul Hassan

Shafiq ul Hassan is the managing director of Echo Sourcing Limited UK and Echotex Limited Bangladesh. Echotex has received Bangladesh’s National Environmental Award, Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dhaka’s Environmental Award and J Sainsbury plc’s Corporate Social Responsibility Award in 2010. Echotex was also awarded Best Clothing Supplier in 2011 as well as Best Clothing Supplier and Supplier of the Year in 2012 by J Sainsbury plc. He is the co-founder of Children’s Hope, an NGO that works to educate slum children in Dhaka. He obtained his undergraduate degree from City University, London and his postgraduate degrees from Aston University, Birmingham, UK. 

 

 

Irene Zubaida Khan

Irene Zubaida Khan

Irene Zubaida Khan is director-general of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO). She was secretary general of Amnesty International and worked for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees for 21 years. Ms Khan is a member of the World Bank Advisory Council on Gender and Development. She sits on the boards of several international human rights and development organisations. She received the Sydney Peace Prize in 2006 for her work to end violence against women and girls. Her book, The Unheard Truth: Poverty and Human Rights, has been translated into seven languages. 

 

 

Sylvia Borren

Sylvia Borren

Sylvia Borren has worked all her life within and for civil society organisations, both professionally and as a volunteer.

She was part of the Dutch and global women’s and sexual rights movements (COC, ILGA, IWC for a Just and sustainable Palestinian-Israeli Peace) and is now advisor to the UN Women National Committee Netherlands and ATRIA (the Institute on gender equality and women’s history).

Sylvia was part of the anti-poverty movement (director of Oxfam Novib 1994-2008, co-chair of the Global Call to Action against Poverty and EEN) and is now on the boards of BRAC International.

She was on two national governmental advisory commissions (for Youth Policy, and the Advisory Council on International Affairs), co-chair of the Worldconnectors (a Dutch think tank), on the board of a large Mental Health Institute (Altrecht), worked as an organisational consultant with De Beuk for many years, lead the project Quality Educators for All with the trade union Education International and continues to be a member of the Worldconnectors.

Sylvia was recently director of Greenpeace Netherlands (2011-2016), part of the Forest Stewardship Council Netherlands and is now on the advisory commission of Staatsbosbeheer, which manages nature reserves. 

 

 

Parveen Mahmud FCA

Parveen Mahmud FCA

Parveen Mahmud is the managing director of Grameen Telecom Trust. Over the course of her professional career, Ms Mahmud has invested substantial time in working with national and international development agencies. She was the deputy managing director of Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF). She is the first female council member (2007) and, the first female president (2011) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB). She was also the first female board member of the South Asian Federation of Accountants (SAFA), the apex accounting professional body of SAARC. Presently, she is serving her third term as council member in ICAB and is the chairperson of the review committee for Published Accounts & Reports (RCPAR). She sits on several boards including BRAC International, Grameenphone Limited, Linde Bangladesh Limited, MIDAS, Manusher Jonno Foundation and chairs the finance and audit committee of several organisations. She is the chairperson of Shasha Denims Limited. She has served as the member of the National Advisory Panel for SME Development of Bangladesh and founding board member of SME Foundation. Ms Mahmud served as a Working Group Member of Consultative Group on Social Indicators at UNCTAD/ISAR. She was also the vice chairperson of Underprivileged Children’s Education Program, Bangladesh and Chairperson of Acid Survivors’ Foundation. 

 

 

Fawzia Rasheed

Fawzia Rasheed

Dr Fawzia Rasheed started out as a medical research scientist before moving into programme and policy development.

She has advised 16 ministries of health, several national and international NGOs; and served as senior policy advisor to UNAIDS, WHO, The Global Fund, and the Africa Progress Panel / Kofi Annan Foundation. Dr Rasheed has developed national plans, projects and programmes, as well as models for governance. She routinely raises funds and reviews grants for funding. In recent years, Dr Rasheed has engaged with broader development themes, from election reform and natural resource management to transparency initiatives. She works extensively in Africa and Asia.

 

 

Management Board Members 

 

 

Faruque Ahmed

Faruque Ahmed

Faruque Ahmed is the executive director of BRAC International. He previously held the position of senior director at BRAC International. He is also a member of the executive management committee.

Prior to this, Mr Ahmed was the director of BRAC’s health programme for 10 years, playing a critical role in shaping the organisation’s health strategy and scaling several community-based health and nutrition interventions.

Before joining BRAC, Mr Ahmed worked as senior operations officer in the health, nutrition and population team at the World Bank, Bangladesh.

Mr Ahmed started his career as a research and planning officer in 1976, and then worked in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. He serves as a member of the working group of Bangladesh Health Watch and formerly represented civil society on the GAVI Alliance board.

Mr Ahmed completed his master’s in health sciences from Johns Hopkins University, and master’s in economics from the University of Dhaka. 

 

 

Saif Md Imran Siddique

Saif Md Imran Siddique

Saif Md Imran Siddique joined BRAC in January 2016 as the director of finance for BRAC International. Previously, he worked as the assistant vice president in Total Access Communication PCL (DTAC) in Bangkok, Thailand, under the Financial Planning and Analysis Division. Prior to that, he was the head of financial planning and budgeting at Robi Axiata Ltd in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

He began his career at Grameenphone Limited in 2001. After a brief study break, he joined Grameenphone again in 2004 and worked for nine years, where he served last as the general manager and head of business performance reporting.

Mr Saif brings with him a wealth of leadership and managerial experience in the telecommunications sector, especially in the areas of strategic financial management and cost efficiency initiatives, business planning, dynamic forecasting, business performance analysis, financial statements and management reporting. He holds an MBA from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA, and a BBA from North South University, Dhaka. 

 

 

Jalaluddin Ahmed

Jalaluddin Ahmed

Jalaluddin Ahmed is the director for Asia Region of BRAC International. He is responsible for the development and implementation of country programmes, focusing on sector plans, resource mobilisation, and the quality of country operations.

Mr Ahmed has over 30 years of experience in the development field and has worked in several programmes including health, microfinance, education, agriculture and women’s empowerment. He joined BRAC in 1980 in the research and evaluation division and since then, has held various positions including associate director at BRAC International, associate director of BRAC’s health programme, country head of Afghanistan and Pakistan, and country representative of Afghanistan.

He is also a member of Public Health Association, Bangladesh.

Mr Ahmed completed his MSc in community health from London School of Tropical Medicine, University of London, and completed a certified programme on managing health from Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University. Prior to this, he completed his graduation and post-graduation in economics from University of Chittagong. 

 

 

Lamia Rashid

Lamia Rashid

Lamia Rashid is the director of the Africa Region, BRAC International. She is responsible for developing and implementing country programmes, focusing on sector plans, resource mobilisation, and quality of country operations.

Previously, Ms Rashid served as the country director of Action Against Hunger in Bangladesh. Prior to this, she was the associate director of BRAC International where she led strategy formulation for the BRAC International countries, as well as large-scale country and multi-country programmes. She identified fundraising, business development and partnership opportunities for countries, regionally and globally.

Ms Rashid has worked in international development for over 22 years in several countries in Asia and Africa and in organisations including Save the Children and the World Bank. Her expertise lies in the areas of programme management, strategy development, technical support and policy analysis. She has a master’s in development studies from London School of Economics and Political Science. 

 

 

Shameran Abed

Shameran Abed

Shameran Abed is the director of BRAC’s microfinance and ultra poor programmes. BRAC’s microfinance programme serves more than five million clients in seven countries in Asia and Africa, and has total assets exceeding USD 1.7 billion. BRAC’s ground-breaking ultra poor programme has graduated more than 1.7 million households out of the direst forms of poverty and social deprivation and has inspired the global uptake of the ‘graduation model’ to tackle extreme poverty.

Mr Abed also serves as the chairman of BRAC Bank’s mobile financial services subsidiary, bKash, and is on the boards of IPDC Finance Limited and Guardian Life Insurance Limited. Additionally, he is a member of the Microfinance CEO Working Group and sits on the Microfinance Network Steering Committee and the World Economic Forum Financial Inclusion Steering Committee.

Mr Abed is a lawyer by training, having been made a barrister by the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn in London, UK. He completed his undergraduate studies at Hamilton College in the United States, majoring in economics and minoring in political science.

 

 

 

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Supervisory Board Members

 

 

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed KCMG

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed KCMG
Chairperson

Sir Fazle was born in 1936 in Bangladesh. He studied Accountancy in London, qualifying as a Cost Management Accountant in 1962. While he was working as a senior corporate executive at Shell Oil, the 1970 cyclone and 1971 Liberation War in Bangladesh dramatically changed the direction of his life. He left his job and moved to London, where he helped initiate Action Bangladesh and HELP Bangladesh in support of the Liberation War.

Early in 1972, after the war was over, he returned to the newly-independent Bangladesh, finding the economy in ruins. The return of 10 million refugees, who had sought shelter in India during the war, called for urgent relief and rehabilitation efforts. Sir Fazle established BRAC to address the needs of refugees in a remote area of north-eastern Bangladesh, guided by a desire to help the poor develop their own capacity to better manage their lives.

Today BRAC is one of the largest NGOs in the world, operating across eleven countries in Africa and Asia. Its primary objectives are to alleviate poverty and empower the poor. BRAC was ranked first by Geneva-based 'NGO Advisor' in 2017 in terms of impact, innovation and sustainability.

Sir Fazle has been honoured with numerous national and international awards for his achievements in leading BRAC, including the Jose Edgardo Campos Collaborative Leadership Award, South Asia Region (2016), Thomas Francis, Jr. Medal in Global Public Health (2016), World Food Prize (2015), Trust Women Hero Award (2014), Spanish Order of Civil Merit (2014), Leo Tolstoy International Gold Medal (2014), CEU Open Society Prize (2013), Inaugural WISE Prize for Education (2011), Entrepreneur for the World Award (2009), David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award (2008), Inaugural Clinton Global Citizen Award (2007), Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership (2007), Palli Karma Shahayak Foundation (PKSF) Award for lifetime achievement in social development and poverty alleviation (2007), UNDP Mahbubul Haq Award for Outstanding Contribution to Human Development (2004), Gates Award for Global Health (2004), Gleitsman Foundation International Activist Award (2003), Schwab Foundation’s Social Entrepreneurship Award (2003), Olof Palme Prize (2001), InterAction Humanitarian Award (1998) and Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership (1980).

He is also recognised by Ashoka as one of the 'global greats' and is a founding member of its prestigious Global Academy for Social Entrepreneurship. In 2009, he was appointed Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George by the British Crown in recognition of his services to reducing poverty in Bangladesh and internationally. Sir Fazle was a member of the Group of Eminent Persons appointed by the UN Secretary-General in 2010 to advise on support for the Least Developed Countries. In both 2014 and 2017, he was named in Fortune Magazine’s List of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.

The many honorary degrees received by Sir Fazle Hasan Abed include those from Princeton University (2014), the University of Oxford (2009), Columbia University (2008) and Yale University (2007). 

 

 

Sylvia Borren

Sylvia Borren

Sylvia Borren has worked all her life within and for civil society organisations, both professionally and as a volunteer.

She was part of the Dutch and global women’s and sexual rights movements (COC, ILGA, IWC for a Just and sustainable Palestinian-Israeli Peace) and is now advisor to the UN Women National Committee Netherlands and ATRIA (the Institute on gender equality and women’s history).

Sylvia was part of the anti-poverty movement (director of Oxfam Novib 1994-2008, co-chair of the Global Call to Action against Poverty and EEN) and is now on the boards of BRAC International.

She was on two national governmental advisory commissions (for Youth Policy, and the Advisory Council on International Affairs), co-chair of the Worldconnectors (a Dutch think tank), on the board of a large Mental Health Institute (Altrecht), worked as an organisational consultant with De Beuk for many years, lead the project Quality Educators for All with the trade union Education International and continues to be a member of the Worldconnectors.

Sylvia was recently director of Greenpeace Netherlands (2011-2016), part of the Forest Stewardship Council Netherlands and is now on the advisory commission of Staatsbosbeheer, which manages nature reserves. 

 

 

Dr Muhammad Musa

Dr Muhammad Musa

Dr Muhammad Musa is the executive director of BRAC. He has an extensive background in leading humanitarian, social development, and public health organisations in international, cross-cultural settings. A medical doctor and public health specialist, he has a specialised training in maternal and child nutrition, and disaster management.

Before joining BRAC, he worked for 32 years with CARE International as one of its senior international management professionals. Twenty of those years were spent working in Ethiopia, Uganda, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, India, Bangladesh and Asia region.

He has long experience in strategic leadership, governing board management, executive-level management of large-scale operations, and humanitarian and social development programme management. He specialises in people management, leadership development, conflict resolution, and organisational change management. He also has a proven track record in effective external relationship management, marketing, brand-building, communications, and fundraising for humanitarian and development projects. He has been successful in bringing about convergence of philanthropic approaches and entrepreneurial methodologies to create sustainable development programming that achieves impact on a large scale.

In the professional field, Dr Musa has established a reputation for leading complex organisational change processes in multicultural settings. In addition, he is known for his unique ability to attract and develop young professionals into humanitarian and social development leaders. He is also an internationally recognised senior management trainer and an experienced coach. 

 

 

Parveen Mahmud FCA

Parveen Mahmud FCA

Parveen Mahmud is the managing director of Grameen Telecom Trust. Over the course of her professional career, Ms Mahmud has invested substantial time in working with national and international development agencies. She was the deputy managing director of Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF). She is the first female council member (2007) and, the first female president (2011) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB). She was also the first female board member of the South Asian Federation of Accountants (SAFA), the apex accounting professional body of SAARC. Presently, she is serving her third term as council member in ICAB and is the chairperson of the review committee for Published Accounts & Reports (RCPAR). She sits on several boards including BRAC International, Grameenphone Limited, Linde Bangladesh Limited, MIDAS, Manusher Jonno Foundation and chairs the finance and audit committee of several organisations. She is the chairperson of Shasha Denims Limited. She has served as the member of the National Advisory Panel for SME Development of Bangladesh and founding board member of SME Foundation. Ms Mahmud served as a Working Group Member of Consultative Group on Social Indicators at UNCTAD/ISAR. She was also the vice chairperson of Underprivileged Children’s Education Program, Bangladesh and Chairperson of Acid Survivors’ Foundation.

 

 

Management Board Members 

 

 

Faruque Ahmed

Faruque Ahmed

Faruque Ahmed is the executive director of BRAC International. He previously held the position of senior director at BRAC International. He is also a member of the executive management committee.

Prior to this, Mr Ahmed was the director of BRAC’s health programme for 10 years, playing a critical role in shaping the organisation’s health strategy and scaling several community-based health and nutrition interventions.

Before joining BRAC, Mr Ahmed worked as senior operations officer in the health, nutrition and population team at the World Bank, Bangladesh.

Mr Ahmed started his career as a research and planning officer in 1976, and then worked in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. He serves as a member of the working group of Bangladesh Health Watch and formerly represented civil society on the GAVI Alliance board.

Mr Ahmed completed his master’s in health sciences from Johns Hopkins University, and master’s in economics from the University of Dhaka. 

 

 

Hans Eskes

Hans Eskes

Hans Eskes is a retired audit partner of KPMG. Presently he serves as advisor and board member in various international companies.

Previously he worked in Amsterdam, Barcelona and Shanghai for clients located throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia.

During these years, his client portfolio became a reflection of most industries and activities that form an important part of society. He was not only responsible for chemical and technical companies listed on the stock exchanges in London, Frankfurt and Amsterdam but also for clients active in financial, education, medical institutions and cultural foundations.

During his career, he was managing partner of KPMG’s department of International Business Support. This department provided advice and support to foreign businesses in the Netherlands.

Mr Eskes holds a master’s degree from the Dutch Institute of Chartered Auditors, and has received training in different accounting frameworks and the INSEAD leadership development programmes.

 

 

Wednesday, 05 April 2017 00:00

The 2nd National Stakeholders Workshop

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The Innovative, Integrated Approach to Enhance Smallholder Family Nutrition project, simply known as the JSDF Nutrition project, organised a stakeholder’s forum in Masaka Town, in central Uganda, to discuss nutrition and how to reduce cases of stunting among the project’s target population.

The workshop was presided over by Mr Ssansa Mugenyi, Director of Policy and Coordination at the Office of the Prime Minister. Mr Mugenyi chairs the JSDF Nutrition Project Steering Committee. Other members of the committee present were Agnes Baku, Ministry of Health, Alex Bambona, Ministry of Agriculture, and Dr. Goretti Semakula from the National Agriculture Research Organization. Stakeholders present at the half-day workshop included district health officers, district production and marketing experts, chief administrative officers and resident district commissioners, as well as farmers and BRAC volunteers.

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The previous day, the project steering committee conducted a field visit that included farmer training sessions, a health forum for mothers of under-2 children and a tour of an orange fleshed sweet potato farm.

The JSDF Nutrition project is a multisectoral intervention through which BRAC Uganda aims to improve the nutrition condition of 19,200 households in four districts through increasing the production and consumption of Vitamin-A rich foods, including the orange fleshed sweet potato (OFSP). The project combines BRAC’s agriculture, health and microfinance services and is funded by the Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) through the World Bank.

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While NGOs in Bangladesh are contributing to the socio-economic development, they can also play a significant role to curb the rising threat of terrorism. Government strategies and plans should create space for effective engagement of these organisations in this regard.

Speakers said these today on Sunday at a discussion titled 'NGO and development', organised at the BRAC Centre in the capital on the occasion of BRAC Day.

They also observed that creating an environment for comfortable co-existence of the government and the NGOs has become evermore important now.

Noted economist and chairman of Centre for Policy Dialogue Professor Rehman Sobhan was the chief guest at the programme.

Moderated and chaired by BRAC executive director Dr Muhammad Musa, the event was also attended among others by Professor Wahiduddin Mahmud, former adviser to Caretaker Government and executive director of CAMPE Rasheda K Choudhury, chief coordinator for SDG affairs at the prime minister's office Abul Kalam Azad and Professor SR Osmani of Ulster University in the UK.

Professor Rehman Sobhan stressed GO-NGO coordination in the pursuit of Sustainable Development Goals saying that the prime minister can have meetings with the NGOs regarding the implementation of programmes to achieve the SDGs.

He observed that ‘micro-credit’ programmes of the NGOs have played ‘remarkable’ role in poverty alleviation and BRAC, as one of the largest NGOs of the world, has played significant role in this regard. Having cited examples from similar initiative in India, he further suggested that following their examples social business enterprises in Bangladesh also can share their profit with their producers.

Professor Wahiduddin Mahmud observed that at present the relation between the government and NGOs is rather that of ‘an uneasy coexistence’. ‘I think this should be turned into a comfortable coexistence. The NGOs have played crucial role not only in poverty reduction, but also in education, health, family planning and increasing women’s participation in employment.’

‘There was a time when women could not ride bike. Nor could they go to school. There was mass reluctance about family planning. NGOs played a crucial role to change the situation. And as they did it, they have the capacity in tackling the rising religious terrorism. The government can particularly engage them in spreading the spirit of non-communalism,’ he further said.

Rasheda K Chowdhury called on the micro-credit practitioners to reduce interest rates and loan processing costs to increase the overall poverty-reduction efficiency of these programmes>

BRAC Research and Evaluation Division (RED) director Professor Abdul Bayes delivered the keynote presentation.

Citing government and donor data, he said between 2002 and 2016, one crore 10 lakh (11 million) households came out of ultra poverty. Of them, about 15 per cent - around 18 lakh (1.8 million) families have escaped ultra poverty with the integrated assistance from BRAC.

He further said, 90 per cent of those who came out of ultra poverty with BRAC assistance have done so by securing sustainable development. Besides reducing ultra poverty, BRAC also significantly contributes to the national management of tuberculosis infection, medical treatment of cataract and ensuring of quality primary education.

He added that while through its micro-credit programme BRAC helps alleviate poverty, it also contributes to the social development of poor communities. It has so far, helped 30 lakh (3 million) people in the hard-to-reach areas sustainably access safe water,  trained 5 crore (50 million) people across the country on maintaining a healthy life and supplied sanitary latrines in 3 crore (30 million) households.

Stressing the challenges of the NGO sector, the speakers said partnership between the government and NGOs should further deepen in the face of reducing foreign development aid, which will help secure finance for such organisations. Innovation of new social business enterprises can also become a potential strategy to increase their financial stability. Bangladeshi NGOs should come up with new management techniques and system also as the country is steadily progressing towards becoming a middle-income country, they further said. They emphasised that these organisations should also increase their capacity and transparency, while run social development programmes besides distributing micro loans.

Speakers from BRAC added that currently BRAC micro-credit has reached 50 lakh (5 million) clients. The organisation is now in the process of overhauling its programmes with special focus on reducing ultra poverty, quality improvement of pre-primary education, capacity building to sustainably tackle climate change impacts, increase quality of health and nutrition, youth employment and women empowerment.

Sunday, 02 April 2017 00:00

Sir Fazle in Uganda

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Sir Abed and Executive Director of BRAC International, Mr. Faruque Ahmed meeting Honorable Minister of Education and Sports and the First Lady of Uganda, Ms. Janet Kataha

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed visited Uganda from 11-16 March 2017. On his visit, he met various government officials including Janet Kataha, the first lady and the minister of education and sports; Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, prime minister of Uganda, and Matia Kasaija, minister of finance, economic planning and development. In addition, Sir Fazle interacted with various development partners including the World Bank country manager, Christina Malmberg Calvo; the Dutch Ambassador, Henk Jan Bakker, and representatives of UNICEF and UNFPA.

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Sir Abed and senior staff of BI with Rt. Honorable Prime Minister of Uganda, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda

 

Sir Fazle also met prominent thinkers from the areas of agriculture, education, employment and development in Uganda.

BRAC Uganda hosted a networking dinner for Sir Fazle where representatives of development partners, universities, and the media were invited.

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Sir Abed with BRAC Staff in Uganda

 

Sir Fazle also visited BRAC programmes. He visited Kasangati Branch Office, a microfinance group in Kasangati, two small enterprise clients, and St Julian High School, a partner school for the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at BRAC. He also visited the BRAC agriculture research and seed processing centre in Nakaseke.

 

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Aisha is a young, hopeful girl who wants to be a Fashion Designer. Dressed in a bright orange, breezy dress with her hair neatly tied back, she shows off the 3 badges pinned to her dress with pride. ‘Girls Code = Future’, reads the small, green badge.

The teacher then swiftly takes over and begins with an ice-breaker, asking the girls to say why they have joined the Code Clubs. Aisha explains that she wants to learn how to send e-mails and messages online. You can see the excitement and curiosity in her eyes as she waits for the lesson to begin.

“It is important for girls to learn about computers and access technology because later on in life they can be more independent,” says Aisha.

The girls are then handed out the pristine orange boxes that package the Kano kits. Carefully pealing the wrapping, Aisha pauses to take in the various gadgets and small parts before beginning to assemble the Kano computer by following the picture-book instructions.

Today is the first day Aisha will not only get to use a computer, but also learn how to build one. Typically, she spends her days staying at home to do the housework so coming to the Clubs is something for her to look forward to. BRAC in partnership with Theirworld, a global children’s charity are launching coding clubs project. Vulnerable girls and young women in Tanzania will be given unique chance to learn vital coding and technology skills in a safe space through this new innovative pilot project.

“The coding clubs will have a much broader impact in the girls’ lives that goes beyond just coding. The opportunities that coding will create for the girls in these communities are immeasurable. Most, if not all, have never even seen a computer before. An understanding of computer science is becoming increasingly essential in today’s world”. explained Amina Shaaban, the Deputy Manager for Education at BRAC

Girls and young women aged 11–25 years will learn how to build a computer, make games and artworks and express themselves with code. Integrated into the curriculum are also concepts of health and nutrition where girls reflect on their daily routines and the importance of hygiene, exercise and nutrition using online tools. The older girls also learn how to create their own websites using HTML, CSS & Java as well as gain skills for future employment and business. All girls are provided with a healthy snack.

Africa is crying out for young women with STEM skills and knowledge, coding clubs will provide these young girls a whole new window of opportunity and interest that they never had a chance to explore. Girls will be able to have a logical thought process, ability to spot mistakes and willingness to solve a problem that comes from learning to code. Said Ms. Shaaban

Code Clubs provide a safe space for girls to learn coding, foster their creative thinking and increase important business and health-related knowledge and skills to help transform their lives. The clubs are located in the Temeke district of Dar es Salaam where many girls have dropped out of school and the risk of teenage pregnancy is high.

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Sarah Brown, President of Theirworld says with a safe space to learn and play, a mentor to inspire, and access to technology to be able to explore, create, and code they can increase learning opportunities and empower girls to fulfill their potential.

Every girl should have the opportunity to go to school, learn, grow, and have a future they choose.

“At Theirworld, we know that investing in a girl has social and economic returns that go beyond her, extending not only to her family and future children, but also to her community. We don’t shy away from challenges and are prepared to tackle the big problems that stop children from learning,” added Sarah Brown.

Code Clubs run once a week in six month cycles. Girls will be taught a bespoke programme of online coding content by a trained teacher, and given access to numeracy, literacy, art and music to support their formal education. The Kano computer kits used in the clubs are low-cost, easily transportable, can be rebuilt multiple times and are highly applicable in countries where connectivity is low.

Thursday, 30 March 2017 00:00

LEAD project improves livehoods

The four year project, which became to an end this month, has brought about tremendous impact to the poor farmers in 15 regions in the country.

Speaking at a dissemination workshop on LEAD project organised by BRAC Maendeleo in Dar es Salaam at the weekend the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Charles Tizeba praised the organisation for the concerted efforts to improve the livelihoods of Tanzanians.

He called upon various stakeholders to come up with projects to end poverty in various parts of the country and areas which no change yet had been realised.

According to him, boosting those poor farmers in remote rural areas was a recommendable job which other stakeholders should emulate.

“About 18 million Tanzanians are living in abject poverty so efforts are still needed to ensure that we remove them from the poverty line... and agriculture has been seen as a major way to go,” he said.

Tizeba called upon research organisations to invest on new maize seeds that were resistant drought and other climate change impacts.

For his part, BRAC Maendeleo country representative Rakibul Bari Khan said that the LEAD project had for the past four years worked to improve farming skills, facilitate linkages to farm inputs and markets as well as facilitating finance farmers through soft loans and grants.

He said that LEAD project implemented by the organisation was meant to facilitate agribusiness investment in the poultry and maize value chains in the country.

He said through the project, farmers could access both grants and loans and businesses could also apply for capital injections whereby it had disbursed at least USD 8.4 million as loans.

“The LEAD project, now in its fourth year of operation, has successfully facilitated to the formation of a total of 8021 producer groups, 89 agro-dealers have also trained.

The project has also addressed the constraints of high post-harvest losses in maize through establishment of purdue improved crops storage (PICS) bags and trained farmers with improved processing techniques,” he said.

Thursday, 30 March 2017 00:00

Child TB patients detection on the rise

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The year 2016 saw a rise in the number of tuberculosis patient detection, child TB patients in particular. Use of upgraded technologies and machines enables health professionals to diagnose more patients with the infection, which has caused the rise in the number. In 2015, a total of 7,984 children were diagnosed with TB, while the number rose to 9,291 in 2016. In percentage account, child TB patient detection in 2016 was 4.3 per cent. In 2015, it was 4 per cent. In 2016 again, the total number of patients including children detected with TB stood at 2,23, 922. Of them 9,700 were multi-drug-resistant (MDR) TB patients.

Experts revealed these at a press conference today on Thursday, organised at the National Press Club on the occasion of World Tuberculosis Day 2017. Every year 24 March is observed as the World TB Day. National TB Control Programme (NTP) under the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, BRAC and other partner organisations jointly arranged the press conference. The event was organised to share the successes and experiences from the TB control activities as well as the future planning in this regard. This year, the WHO released slogan for the day is 'Unite efforts to leave no one behind'.

NTP line director Dr Rouseli Haq was present as the chief guest at the press conference. Key presentation was delivered by DR-TB chief executive Dr Nazis Arefin Saki.

Deputy World Health Organisation representative Dr Edwin Salvador, national professional officer of WHO in Bangladesh Dr Vikarunnesa Begum, country project director of Management Sciences for Health Dr Oscar Cordon, senior infectious disease adviser of USAID in Bangladesh Dr Charles Lerman and programme head of BRAC TB and Malaria Control Programme Dr Shayla Islam spoke at the event, among others. A press note was also presented by BRAC's senior sector specialist for TB Dr Md Masud Rana.

Referring to the WHO Global TB Report for 2016, the experts said in Bangladesh, every year 45 patients in every one lakh (100 thousand) people die of TB, while 225 new TB patients in every one lakh are diagnosed with the infection.

They also spoke about the successes of TB treatment in Bangladesh, saying 94 per cent patients diagnosed with lung TB with germs in cough get cured.

They also said Bangladesh is ahead of the world in treating MDR-TB patients with 70 per cent success rate, compared with the world average of 52 per cent.

According to the targets Bangladesh government has set, the country will lower the rate of TB-related deaths by 95 per cent and the rate of TB prevalence by 90 per cent by 2035 than that occurred in 2015. To achieve these targets 27 NGOs are working with the government on the lead.

In the keynote Dr Najis Arefin Saki pointed out that the use of upgraded technologies has made it possible to diagnose ever more patients, taking the current rate to 61 per cent. In 2015, the rate of detection was 57 per cent. GO-NGO collaboration brought many commendable successes in TB treatment in the country, although 39 per cent of the patients remain still missing, owing to different factors.

In chief guest’s address Dr Rouseli Haq said ‘Since 1993 NTP has been working successfully, as a result of which we are now able to diagnose 77 lung TB patients with tuberculosis germs in cough out of every 1 lakh people. Out of the diagnosed TB patients 94 per cent are getting cured.’

Dr Shayla Islam said, ‘It is highly necessary now to scale up our operations in the urban areas. High population density in the cities makes TB patient detection somewhat difficult. We are now establishing a network with the private physicians to strengthen the referral system, which we hope will add pace to the whole process.’

Challenges in diagnosis and treatment of the infection that the speakers pointed out are: Shortage of health facilities to give treatment, shortage of staff with required skills, difficulty in giving treatment to floating patients living particularly in urban slums, private facilities not referring TB patients to NTP, insufficient GeneXpert machines to diagnose MDR-TB, lack of access in giving diagnosis and treatment services to people working in garment and other privately owned factories.

The NTP, BRAC and other partners will also organise a parade on 24 March World TB Day in the capital city. The parade will start at 7am at Shahbag to end at the National Press Club.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 00:00

BRAC Day Celebration 2017

Pakistan-BRAC-day-2017-frontPakistan-BRAC-day-2017BRAC Pakistan’s newest team member cutting the 45th BRAC anniversary cake in joyful mood

The 45th anniversary of BRAC was observed by all BRAC Pakistan staff to recognise BRAC’s tremendous contributions in global social development since its birth on March 21st 1972 in Bangladesh.

Celebrations were held in all main regions including at the country office in Islamabad where staff shared their stories of change and the remarkable impact BRAC has brought in their lives. Staff shared their pledges and motivation to work as BRAC’s change agents in their communities with full commitment, vigor and tenacity.

The CEO of BRAC in Pakistan Mr. Sher Zaman shared Sir Fazle Hassan Abed’s speech with the staff and stressed on laying the base of our social and development work by following in the footsteps of the great and exceptional leadership of BRAC and their community based models. While appreciating BRAC’s services for improving millions of lives living in poverty, Mr. Zaman explained BRAC's graduation model approach which helped the ultra poor climb out of poverty when its various aspects were replicated in different countries by other organisations across Asia, Africa and Latin America. A prestigious milestone indeed!

As a way forward, staff urged BRAC to bring in more innovative approaches in line with the country context to successfully translate its vision with effective and efficient solutions as there is a huge need and scope in the health and education sector in Pakistan.

Pakistan-BRAC-day-2017Staff of Hyderabad region in festive mood to mark 45th BRAC Day

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