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 5, 2014

The difference Community Health Promoters make

BRAC learned in Bangladesh that it could acheive big strides in healthcare by making basic preventive and curative services available at the community level. Enter the Community Health Promoter (CHP), both a healer and an entrepreneur. BRAC trains women from the community to bring low-cost health care to her neighbor's doorsteps. She earns a living and is able to support her own family while providing life-saving services to her community. The CHP and other community-based health workers are the foundation of our health programs in Liberia and Sierra Leone. 

In Liberia, the health program now reaches more than 539,927 people in seven counties with basic preventive care. By the end of February 2014, 584 CHPs and 300 Traditional Birth Attendants have undergone training for The Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health project. They provide family planning services as well as ante- and post-natal care. By February 2014, a total of 53,346 cycles of oral contraceptives and 5,607 female condoms have been distributed in the communities. By February 2014, 19,244 pregnant women received antenatal services in 105 communities.

Though a bit smaller in scale, the health program in Sierra Leone is seeing similar gains. By February 2014, a total of 701 CHPs have been trained. They have conducted a total of 3,979 village health meetings, provided ante-natal care to 4,127 women and post-natal care to 3,850.

We'll keep you updated as we receive reports from the field. Thank you for supporting this important work!

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Feb 6, 2014

Safe Spaces model a success!

Soon after implementing this young women's empowerment initiative in Bangladesh, BRAC realized that magic happens at the confluence of social and financial empowerment. Far from family pressure and the stress of male-centric society, girls are able to come together, play sports, build supportive social networks, voice concerns, learn about reproductive health, and build awareness of women's rights. It is in these safe spaces that key financial skills are introduced and livelihood opportunities seized.

BRAC now runs this program, known as Empowerment and Livelihoods for Adolescents (ELA), in Uganda, Tanzania, Sierra Leone and South Sudan. Participation in ELA has been linked with a 35% increase in self-employment, 50% increase in reported condom usage, a 29% decrease in early motherhood, and an astonishing 83% decrease in reports of having sex unwillingly – whether forced or for survival. These numbers speak strongly about the empowering effects that ELA has on the young women who get involved. Check out this video that features ELA girls from Uganda.

The ELA program is on track to expand in the coming years. BRAC's current focus is raising funds that will be matched and multiplied by our partners. These funds will go to a new crop of projects that seek to empower women and girls through education, farming, or improved community healthcare networks in places like Sierra Leone, Liberia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Check out our Global Giving page to make a contribution that will have extraordinary leverage! As always, thank you for your support and generosity. 

Feb 3, 2014

Maternal and child health success in Bangladesh

In five years since its inception, Manoshi has been extremely successful in improving maternal care in the urban slums of Dhaka. Home deliveries have reduced from 86% to 16% and the maternal mortality ratio from 294 per 100,000 live births to 135 in the targeted areas. Additionally, the neonatal mortality rate has dramatically decreased from 43 per 1,000 to 17. Both of these accomplishments reach and exceed the Millennium Development Goal targets which call for a two thirds reduction in the mortality rate of children under five and mothers between by 2015. There is no doubt that training community health agents and creating safe spaces for maternal care is a successful healthcare intervention even in places that continue to have widespread economic challenges. Take a look at this video to see just how this initiative works and please consider donating the other BRAC programs that build upon this successful model in other countries.

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