BRAC USA

Our mission is to empower people and communities in situations of poverty, illiteracy, disease and social injustice. Our interventions aim to achieve large scale, positive changes through economic and social programs that enable men and women to realize their potential.
May 27, 2014

BRAC success in TB control

Since its first write-up in a scientific newsletter in 1991, BRAC has published several academic articles on its successes in tuberculosis treatment and control. We have also contributed chapters to Tuberculosis: an interdisciplinary perspective and more recently, in From One to Many, a collection of programmatic experiences. Ian Smillie dedicates a chapter of his book on BRAC, Freedom from Want, to BRAC's method of tuberculosis control.

In 2011, we decided to write a book to capture the broader elements of the history, collective insights, support systems and strategic thinking behind our TB control program – Making Tuberculosis History: Community-based Solutions for Millions. The book offers a complete account of the program: how it was conceived, piloted, refined, scaled, managed, and ultimately adapted for new contexts, including Bangladesh’s rapidly growing cities and Afghanistan’s remote mountainous regions. Summarizing past successes and current dilemmas, the book’s ultimate aim is to advance efforts to eliminate poverty and disease globally. The public health challenges facing the world today demonstrate the critical need for large-scale thinking; lessons from BRAC’s TB program can inspire others to think creatively about health delivery and advancing towards health for all.

With your support, we are excited to implement this effective program in South Sudan. Please consider contributing to this program.

May 19, 2014

Teacher training has begun

Thanks to initial funding from our partners, BRAC staff in Pakistan has begun recruiting and training local women as teachers to staff the early childhood education centers. BRAC aims to have one local woman placed in every school in the effort to create a girl-friendly learning space, as another of BRAC's overall objectives for this project is to change negative cultural beliefs about educating girls.

As of December 2013, 585 teachers have been trained according to the BRAC methodology. Each school will have one local woman teacher with at least a SSC graduate qualification. The teachers are developed as para-professionals who receive training in child care and development, child psychology and pedagogy materials. Each teacher receives 12 days comprehensive basic training, a three-day new school orientation, as well weekly on-site classroom supervision. BRAC also offers monthly refresher courses.

BRAC Pakistan has also begun establishing the early childhood education centers in communities across seven districts in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province. With your help, BRAC can continue this important work in one of the most impoverished provinces in the country.

May 12, 2014

Family Farming under way in Liberia and Sierra Leone

A workshop for kitchen gardeners - Sierra Leone
A workshop for kitchen gardeners - Sierra Leone

Thanks to support from other partners, the Family Farming project is under way in both Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Sierra Leone

This project, which focuses on food security for rural women, is being implemented in six districts of Sierra Leone covering 20 BRAC branches. Under the general agriculture program, 300 farmers have received training on rice production and vegetable gardening. Specific to the Family Farming project, we can report that basic training in kitchen gardening has been given to 300 rural women and we have begun establishing Village Nutrition Committees in the six districts in which BRAC operates.

Liberia

Activities within the Family Farming project in Liberia area also going well. The BRAC Liberia team has already recruited and trained 175 rural women in kitchen gardening and 25 Village Nutrition Committees have been established within the six counties that BRAC runs operations.

Stay tuned for further updates and encourage your friends and family to contribute to this project that is literally changing the landscape for rural women!

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