Today in Bangladesh, there are over 105,000 women who are proud to call themselves Shasthya Shebikas, the army of BRAC-trained and branded para-professionals who provide basic healthcare to their neighbors in some of the world's poorest villages and slums. A lot of that pride comes from knowing they are just the latest generation in a tradition of women living in poverty themselves who have stepped up nonetheless to become leaders for development -- a tradition that extends back to the 1970s, when BRAC first started piloting and then scaling up its community health model featuring these women from poor communities in such a central role.
As you may have read earlier this year, these women were recognized for their work by Dr. Atul Gawande, author of The Checklist Manisfesto, in an article for the The New Yorker, "Slow ideas: Some some innovations spread fast. How do you speed the ones that don't?" Dr. Gawande calls their early work "stunningly successful," as they started out by targeting child deaths due to diarrhea.
Today that tradition of stunning success, on a massive scale, continues thanks to your support.
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