Up to five million people in Bangladesh are pushed into poverty every year because of unforeseen 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.
In partnership with the Government of Bangladesh, our COVID response aims to reduce the incidence of COVID-19 by enhancing community resilience and health system strengthening. Our intervention entails public health communication, testing, facilitating vaccination, door-to-door syndromic surveillance, tele-medicine 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
Learn more: BRAC Covid-19 website