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.
Sep 11, 2012

Reaching the 'Last Mile' in Bangladesh's Urban Slums

Manoshi Project
Manoshi Project

BRAC's Manoshi project uses innovative and sustainable methods to provide maternal healthcare services, linking urban slum residents with skilled birth attendants who bring the services to the local level, working in clean and private birthing huts that dot the landscape of sprawling urban slums. This is a unique and important feature of this initiative as slum dwellers usually live in small shacks with large numbers of family members. Even more importantly, the centers provide rapid diagnosis and referrals in case of birth-related emergencies, and patients are provided quick transportation to health care facilities better equipped for complicated deliveries. Each delivery center has two birth attendants who serve about 2,000 households (about 10,000 people). Community midwives are also readily available to provide skilled service during delivery. Currently, the project is providing the maternal and child health services to around 6.1 million inhabitants of seven city corporations in Bangladesh.

Manoshi also works to enhance the knowledge of BRAC's community health workers and birth attendants, working to ensure quality health services for pregnant and lactating women, infants and children in all age groups; timely referral to quality health facilities; and strengthening and sustaining a linkage with the community, national and local government and NGOs. Over the last five years, Manoshi has developed a wide range of health cadres - slum health volunteers, health workers who visit households, urban birth attendants, community midwives, and referral advocates (program organizers) located in hospitals. The initiative has rapidly increased the access to clean delivery at birthing centers and emergency obstetric care at hospitals/clinics (from 16% at baseline to 81% after few years of intervention) and significantly contributed to reducing maternal and neonatal deaths in urban slums in Dhaka.

BRAC's Manoshi project continues to be a driving force in the organization's mission to ensure access to quality health care all the way through the "last mile".

Sep 4, 2012

It's Good to Throw Like a Girl

Girls
Girls' Volleyball

It's usually an insult to say that someone "throws like a girl," but the members of BRAC's Adolescent Development Program, or ADP, in Bangladesh have shown that throwing - or kicking, or hitting - like a girl is something to aspire to. ADP has developed 35 soccer teams, 40 cricket teams and 15 volleyball teams comprised of adolescent girls, who are experiencing organized team sports for the first time in their lives. These girls are proving to themselves and the program directors that team spirit enhances self-esteem and helps to build lasting social skills like cooperation and teamwork. Check out the link below to see how our girls - and boys!- are going from poor villages to national stadiums with their skills.

Girl
Girl's Soccer
Girl
Girl's Soccer 2

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Aug 10, 2012

Tanzania girls become community teachers

In Tanzania, almost half of students enrolled in primary school do not graduate. Many children in primary studies are first generation students. They have a hard time adjusting to school from the very beginning, and quickly fall behind.

Members of BRAC Tanzania's Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents program (ELA) for girls are helping young children get a better chance at staying in school. 

For three hours in the morning, thirty of BRAC Tanzania’s clubs for girls are transformed into pre-primary classrooms for 900 young children in the regions of Dar Es Salaam, Mbeya, Iringa and Dodoma. The teachers are all ELA club members -- mentors who have already graduated secondary school -- who have received training from BRAC on early childhood education. They engage the young children in classes and games that build emotional, social and cognitive skills.

Thanks to your support, the girls can use their safe spaces to mentor the next generation of children in their communities.  

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