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.
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