Bangladesh is facing the problem of arsenic poisoning in drinking water. Around 27% of the tubewells, which supply drinking water to most of the population, have arsenic concentrations above the government of Bangladesh limit of 50 Pg. per litre. This means that a quarter of the country's population is exposed to arsenic poisoning which is alarming and unprecedented in history.BRAC, a non-governmental organisation, in conjunction with the Department of Public Health Engineering (DPHE) of .......

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  • Writer Name A M R Chowdhury, M Zabed Hossain, Ross Nickson, Mizanur Rahman,. M Jakariya, M Shamimuddin
  • Published Date Tuesday, 08 August 2000
  • Country Bangladesh
The devastation and destruction caused by the flood of 1998 was unprecedented in the history of this country. It continued for more than 65 days and affected 100,000 sq. km. areas and destroyed basic infrastructures like roads, bridges, houses, standing crops of the fields, killed birds, animal and cattle heads. The most damaging aspect of the flood was the destruction of people’s means of livelihood. Decades-long efforts, both government and non-government, in alleviating poverty were .......

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  • Writer Name Syed Masud Ahmed, Hasan Shareef Ahmed (eds)
  • Published Date Thursday, 11 November 1999
  • Country Bangladesh
To maintain discipline and efficiency of the RDP village organizations (VO), small groups are formed. The VOs as part of the small groups are expected to carry out number of responsibilities. The objectives of this study were to investigate 1) the status of small groups; 2) the extent to which the small groups contribute to the performance of VOs; and 3) the causal mechanisms that helped/hindered the performance of VOs. Altogether 239 VOs were randomly selected. The performance of these VOs .......

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  • Writer Name Mohammad Rafi, Shah Asad Ahmed, SM Alamgir Hossain, Md Fazlul Haque, Tapon Kumar Dus
  • Published Date Sunday, 06 June 1999
  • Country Bangladesh
This study aimed at investigating the prevalence of anaemia among males and females in a typical rural community in Bangladesh. The survey was conducted in a perceived healthy population in March 1996 in 12 villages of Fulbaria thana1 of Mymensingh district located about 100 km north of Dhaka city. One hundred and six males and 228 nonpregnant females aged 11-48 years were purposively selected. Information were obtained on haemoglobin concentration, parasitic infestation and household .......

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  • Writer Name SM Ziauddin Hyder, Sadia A Chowdhury, A Mushtaque R Chowdhury
  • Published Date Wednesday, 09 September 1998
  • Country Bangladesh
To educate people on human rights and some essential laws BRAC fixed 700,000 posters throughout Bangladesh. Displaying of the posters faced backlashes from the religious organizations. This paper investigated the nature and causes of the backlash and accordingly chalked out strategies for smooth functioning of the development orga-nizations in achieving their objectives. Interpretation of the posters based on the Holy Koran and Islamic practices, intrusion in the professional territory of .......

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  • Writer Name Mohammad Rafi
  • Published Date Sunday, 06 June 1999
  • Country Bangladesh
This study investigated whether different activities of Women's Health and Development Programme (WHDP) overburdened the participating women. The study was carried out in Monmothpur and Rampur areas1 of Parbatipur thana under Dinajpur region of WHDP. Data were collected through focus group discussions, in-depth interviews and daily time-use methods from women who were associated with different activities of WHDP, such as mahila shava (MS), gram committee (GC), village organization (VO) and .......

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  • Writer Name Kaosar Afsana, Syed Masud Ahmed, Maliha Mayeed, Rita Das Roy, Fazlul Karim
  • Published Date Saturday, 08 August 1998
  • Country Bangladesh
The Rural Study Series is a modest venture for dissemination of BRAC research studies concerned with various aspects of rural development in Bangladesh. Poverty alleviation and empowerment of the poor, particularly of the disadvantaged women are the two major goals of BRAC. Since 1972, BRAC has been implementing a multi-sectoral programme to achieve these objectives. BRAC deals with people whose lives are characterized by absolute poverty, illiteracy, unemployment, disease and malnutrition .......

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  • Writer Name Reserach and Evaluation Division
  • Published Date Tuesday, 12 December 1995
  • Country Bangladesh
Bangladesh is committed to attaining Health for All by the year 2000. The Upazila Health Complex, supported by union level subcentres and domiciliary health and family planning activities, are the major vehicles through which the government wants to achieve this goal. Several non-governmental organisations, including BRAC, have come forward to help achieve the goal. In order to identify possible areas of intervention, BRAC carried out an intensive study of the government health and family .......

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  • Writer Name BRAC Research and Evaluation Division
  • Published Date Sunday, 05 May 1985
  • Country Bangladesh