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.
Aug 27, 2014

Update: BRAC Combats TB in South Sudan

Thanks to support from BRAC partners and GlobalGiving donors, BRAC's health initiatives in South Sudan have been active in the past year, educating communities about tuberculosis, malaria, as well as other common diseases such as diarrhea, dysentery, and the common cold.

BRAC plays a vital role in communities across South Sudan, which lack health infrastructure and are often unstable due to violence or disease outbreak. BRAC has trained local women as Community Health Promoters to implement a community-based approach that will increase TB case detection and treatment. Community Health Promoters are trained to visit households in the community and ask simple questions to help them detect TB symptoms. If she detects symptoms, the health promoter will encourage the sick person to be tested at a nearby government facility. Through this approach, BRAC hopes to create accessible and approachable healthcare that works in tandem with the government's efforts and facilities. In addition BRAC trains its promoters to educate families about how it is spread and what they can do to protect family and community members. The promoter then follows up with these individuals and advises on treatment if necessary.

BRAC’s health initiatives in South Sudan still need the support of GlobalGiving donors in order to train more promoters and help to create a cost-effective bridge between underserved poor communities and formal healthcare systems.

Aug 19, 2014

Early childhood education

Early childhood education is an important step in ensuring academic success later in life. It improves primary school performance, raises math and language abilities, sharpens thinking and attention skills and it lowers school drop out rates. At the pre-primary level, BRAC targets underprivileged children to prepare them for mainstream primary school entry. Students who graduate from the BRAC model of pre-primary education, do better on secondary school entrance examinations that their mainstream school system counterparts.

BRAC Pakistan initiated its eduation program in 2009 on a pilot basis, using BRAC's success in Bangladesh in this field by establishing pre-primary and primary schools in order to promote greater access to eduation in the country and reduce the drop-out rate from government schools. Through support from our partners, BRAC Pakistan opened 20 pre-primary schools in the Haripur district of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province (KPK). A total of 50 pre-primary schools in Haripur have been completed and 1,454 students have graduated.

BRAC USA still needs your support to provide school supplies to children and training to teachers! Please make a contribution and tell your friends and family about this important project!

Aug 19, 2014

Work continues under state of emergency

BRAC sending disinfectant, gloves
BRAC sending disinfectant, gloves

Work continues under emergency circumstances by BRAC in both Liberia and Sierra Leone. During an initial, intensive outreach campaign by community health promoters, funded in part by GlobalGiving donors, local health workers spread the word, aided by posters and flyers, about the steps people can take to stop the virus’s spread. Communities are better equipped as a result.

Since then, the rapid spread of the disease has pushed us into a new phase. Most of our staff of 907 – the vast majority of whom are Liberians and Sierra Leoneans, with a small contingent of Bangladeshis from BRAC headquarters in Dhaka – are now on paid leave. With both countries under state of emergency, widespread person-to-person contact, normally the best method of spreading health awareness in remote communities, is no longer advisable.

A core crew remains at country offices, supporting authorities in prevention efforts. We continue to push out Ebola-related messaging that doesn’t require direct contact or group meetings. In Sierra Leone, we are pushing our public service announcements via radio in three local languages – Krio, Mende and Temne – airing in all 12 districts of Sierra Leone. We’ve also provide items like soap, chlorine, buckets with attached taps, surgical gloves, phenolic disinfectant and and face masks, to be directed by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to the most severely seriously affected areas. We require further funding to continue this work. 


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