The study shows that the three major communities had different explanatory models of malaria. Though they had many differences and similarities, some beliefs and practices of malarial treatment and prevention in the communities were very much remarkable. It is important for the community health workers/ programme practitioners to understand these aspects and then try to model IEC campaigns for prevention and treatment in a way so that the community can relate it to their everyday experiences .......

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  • Writer Name Shamim Hossain, Md. Kamruzzaman, Syed Masud Ahmed
  • Published Date Thursday, 10 June 2010
  • Country Bangladesh
BRAC started a pilot maternal, neonatal and child health (MNCH) programme in the Nilphamari district of Northern Bangladesh in August 2005. A large number of new Shasthya Shebikas (SSs) were recruited under the MNCH program beside the existing ones. This study attempted to explore whether and how the income earning capability of the Shasthya Shebikas, both old and new, was affected due to this new initiative and also, the determinants of income for the SSs, and motivation for SS work in .......

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  • Writer Name Mahjabeen Rahman, Sakiba Tasneem
  • Published Date Monday, 01 December 2008
  • Country Bangladesh
This population based cross-sectional survey collected data from the randomly selected six upazilas of Nilphamari district (Nilphamari Sadar, Joldhaka, Kishoriganj, Syedpur, Dimla, and Domar) during both baseline (2006) and the follow-up (2008) using quantitative methods. A total of 1,800 respondents, comprising currently pregnant women (n=600), mothers of under-1 children (n=600) and mothers of under-5 children (n=600) were sampled at each phase. All information was collected with reference .......

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  • Writer Name Shahnawaz Mohammad Rafi, Hashima-e-Nasreen, Sarawat Rashid
  • Published Date Saturday, 01 November 2008
  • Country Bangladesh
 Presbyopia is considered as an emerging public health problem in Bangladesh as one-fifth of Bangladeshi people suffer from presbyopia. BRAC, an indigenous Bangladeshi NGO working to improve the health and livelihood of poor people, initiated a pilot project for improving the vision of presbyopic patients by offering a pair of reading glass at a minimum cost after testing for faulty near vision by the community health workers ( To address the above issues, a cross-sectional quantitative .......

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  • Writer Name Syed Masud Ahmed, Qazi Shafayetul Islam
  • Published Date Tuesday, 03 November 2009
  • Country Bangladesh
Lately there has been a surge in the variety of approaches to assist the adolescents, specially the girls, in building up their lives and livelihoods. With financial assistance from Nike Foundation, BRAC started combining financial and social interventions in 2005 by setting up ELA (Employment and Livelihood for Adolescents) Centres for the ELA microfinance group members. This study is intended to assess the usefulness of this combined approach.It is based on a panel dataset of ELA Centre .......

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  • Writer Name Rizwana Shahnaz, Raihana Karim
  • Published Date Wednesday, 02 July 2008
  • Country Bangladesh
This study aimed to provide some insights into sanitation-related strategies taken by the BRAC Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Programme from an economic point of view. The aim of this report included measuring and identifying the factors that influence willingness to pay for improved sanitation services for the households without any latrine facilities in rural Bangladesh. A contingent valuation survey was carried out in four upazilas under BRAC WASH programme to determine household .......

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  • Writer Name Kazi Faisal Bin Seraj
  • Published Date Friday, 01 February 2008
  • Country Bangladesh
To explore the relationship between government and BRAC in the implementation of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme this qualitative research was undertaken. This involved purposive sampling of programme sites for conducting semi-structured focus group discussions.The government and BRAC staff were interviewed at different locations to find out different dimensions of relationship. The programme organizers of BRAC and sub-assistant engineers of the government play the most .......

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  • Writer Name Shamim Ahmed, Hasanur Rahman, Mamun-Ur-Rashid, Bayazid Hasan
  • Published Date Sunday, 01 June 2008
  • Country Bangladesh