Abstract:  Community level healthcare activities are important in low income countries like Bangladesh where the coverage of formal healthcare systems is low. Keeping pace with the national strategies and MDG targets, BRAC, has initiated a programme for improving maternal, neonatal, and child survival (IMNCS) in the rural areas of Bangladesh. The objective of the study is to provide information on economic costs of providing maternal, neonatal and child health services in this .......

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  • Writer Name Mohammad Nasir Uddin Khan, Zahidul Quayyum, Tasmeen Quayyum, Hashima-E-Nasreen, Shah Noor Mahmud, Tim Ensor
  • Published Date Monday, 30 July 2012
  • Country Bangladesh
Published in RED Working Paper
The project titled Sensitizing communities on CEDAW` was a part of the Gender Quality Action Learning (GQAL) programme implemented in Gazipur to sensitize people about CEDAW to prevent violence against women and sexual harassment. The study aimed to assess the change of knowledge level of students and community leaders on CEDAW and sexual harassment. Two rounds of survey data baseline and endline - were used to assess the change of the project. The difference in changing knowledge level of .......

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  • Writer Name Md. Abdul Alim and Rumana Ali
  • Published Date Thursday, 28 June 2012
  • Country Bangladesh
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 Abstract:BRAC`s developmental approach is centered on its village organizations (VO). In order to upgrade VO integrity and norms, BRAC`s Social Development (SD)Programme (currently renewed as Community Empowerment Programme or CEP) introduced the Enhancing Social Capital (ESC) project in 2010. This study used social capital as an organizing framework to capture VO members` group behaviour, and their current status along programme activities. The study compared the status of intervention .......

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  • Writer Name Nayma Qayum, Mrinmoy Samadder, Rehnuma Rahman
  • Published Date Sunday, 29 April 2012
  • Country Bangladesh
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Abstract :  The Gender Quality Action Learning programme initiated a village level intervention in 2007 in 10 districts to increase knowledge, change perception, attitudes, and practice/behaviour of the villagers on discrimination and violence against women. A benchmark survey was conducted before the intervention was initiated. To measure the changes that have taken place due to intervention a midline survey was conducted in 2009-10. The comparison between the surveys show that knowledge .......

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  • Writer Name Md. Abdul Alim
  • Published Date Friday, 10 February 2012
  • Country Bangladesh
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 Abstract :The study aims to explore how the MNCH committee encouraged community participation and how its communication activities empowered the community people to ensure the healthcare needs of the poor and disadvantaged people. A range of qualitative method was used in the study. In-depth interview, focus-group discussion, informal discussion, observation and document review were used as data collection method. This study conducted in two sub-districts of Nilphamari and Mymensingh .......

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  • Writer Name Margaret Leppard, Sarawat Rashid, Atiya Rahman, Mahmuda Akhter and Hashima-E-Nasreen
  • Published Date Wednesday, 12 October 2011
  • Country Bangladesh
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AbstractThe study aimed to measure the performance of delivery centres (DC) and explore the factors related to performance of DCs. Data were collected using qualitative methods during December 2009  January 2010 from six DCs in the slums of Dhaka city. Findings reveal that the DCs at Magbazar and Kamrangir Char performed ‘well` due to availability of community health workers (CHW), their emotional support and caring attitude, regular antenatal care (ANC) visits, convenient location .......

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  • Writer Name Morsheda Banu, Hashima-E-Nasreen and Shamsun Nahar
  • Published Date Sunday, 21 August 2011
  • Country Bangladesh
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Abstract:Poverty and food security in the context of Bangladesh has become a major concern over time. While efforts have been intensified to increase crop yield through increased land use, using inorganic fertilizers, pesticides, irrigation equipments, and so forth, these activities are frequently threatened by natural and biological hazards such as floods, cyclones, tornadoes, drought, and insects/pests. Moreover, it is assumed that the climate change induced changes of precipitation pattern .......

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  • Writer Name Shyamal C Ghosh, ANM Mahfuzur Rahman and Wameq A Raza
  • Published Date Thursday, 18 August 2011
  • Country Bangladesh
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Abstract:The ARI (Acute Respiratory Infection) control programme of BRAC has been in operation for the last few years. No independent evaluation has so far been conducted to explore how far the objectives of the programme have been achieved in terms of raising awareness among the health workers and community people,especially mother/caregivers about ARI, increasing capacity of health workers in managing ARI cases in the community, and changing health-seeking behaviour of mothers for .......

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  • Writer Name Qazi Shafayetul Islam, Syed Masud Ahmed, Mohammed Abbas Uddin Khan
  • Published Date Thursday, 14 July 2011
  • Country Bangladesh
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Abstract : This study aimed to explore the factors affecting the promotion of improved cookstove (ICS) to replace traditional stove and hence to combat indoor air pollution (IAP). The study was conducted in 58 randomly selected villages of Jamalpur sadar and Hatia upazilas (29 villages in each) in 2008. Both qualitative and quantitative methods were used. Focus group discussions were performed in each village to divide the villages in three equal clusters as well as Paras and listed the .......

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  • Writer Name Tahmid Arif et al
  • Published Date Sunday, 19 June 2011
  • Country Bangladesh
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This operational research aimed to assess the acceptability, comprehensibility and reported influence of behaviour change communication tools such as interpersonal communications (IPC), print materials, and entertainment education (E-E) used in the Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health programme of BRAC. A qualitative study was conducted during March-April 2010 in two unions in Nilphamari Sadar upazila of Nilphamari district in northern Bangladesh. Data were collected by using semi-structured .......

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  • Writer Name Atiya Rahman, Margaret Leppard, Hashima-E-Nasreen, Sarawat Rashid
  • Published Date Sunday, 29 May 2011
  • Country Bangladesh
Published in RED Working Paper
The general perception that dentistry is expensive keeps many people away from seeking treatment from registered professionals and make them hostage to the services of non-registered lay practitioners. In Bangladesh, no statistics on dental health problems or seeking dental healthcare is available which necessitates study for informed planning of a preventive programme. BRAC Research and Evaluation Division carried out a pilot survey in three unions of Gauripur upazila to document the .......

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  • Writer Name Antora Mahmud Khan and Syed Masud Ahmed
  • Published Date Wednesday, 30 March 2011
  • Country Bangladesh
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BRAC has long been working to empower people and communities in situations of poverty, illiteracy, disease and social injustice. In recent years, BRAC has extended its activities to include the urban poor population living in the slums. As a continuation of this, and to be more inclusive, BRAC is going to implement innovative programmes for the street dwellers (who sleep on streets, railway terminals and platforms, bus stations, parks and open spaces, religious centres, construction sites and .......

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  • Writer Name Syed Masud Ahmed, Shamim Hossain, Antora Mahmud Khan, Qazi Shafayetul Islam and Md Kamruzzaman
  • Published Date Wednesday, 16 March 2011
  • Country Bangladesh
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