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Total Reports 42

Internalized HIV/AIDS-related Stigma in aSample of HIV-positive People in Bangladesh
Md. Tanvir Hasan, Samir Ranjan Nath and others
March - 2012
Internalized stigma among people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA) is prevalent in Bangladesh. A better understanding of the effects of stigma on PLHA is required to reduce this and to minimize its harmful effects. This study employed a quantitative approach by conducting a survey with an aim to know the prevalence of internalized stigma and to identify the factors associated with internalized stigma among a sample of 238 PLHA (male=152 and female=86) in Bangladesh. The findings suggest that there is a significant difference
between groups with the low- and the high-internalized HIV/AIDS stigma in terms of both age and gender.........
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Current State of the Model Shasthya Shebikas of BRAC: A Quick Exploration of the ‘Pilot Project for SS Sustainability’
Antora Mahmud Khan and Syed Masud Ahmed
February - 2012
The Essential Health Care (EHC) services of BRAC evolved over time from its experiences of working with the poor for improving their health and well-being. It provides the building blocks with which the larger BRAC Health Programme (BHP) is built, and contributes to the mitigation of income-erosion effect of illness and vulnerability of the poor households.The nucleus of BRAC’s EHC is the Shasthya Shebika (SS) who are the front-line workers of BHP. Currently, BHP has about 80,000 SS actively providing service to >90 million people. BHP has initiated a pilot experiment to develop an improved cadre of SS (model SS) from the existing shebikas, based on their performance throughout the year. The pilot project has been running for more than four months (as of Nov. 2010). BHP is thinking of scaling up the pilot in additional areas. Before expansion, it is imperative to understand how the current model SSs are doing, whether the project is in the process of achieving its stated objectives, the perception of the clients/consumers regarding the model SSs and their shops, and the perception of the supervisors about the activities of the model SSs. The proposed study aims to document the process of the activities of the model SSs and build knowledge base for informed decision-making by the programme practitioners....
Women-focused development intervention reduces delays in accessing emergency obstetric care in urban slums in Bangladesh: a cross-sectional study
Shamsun Nahar, Morsheda Banu and Hashima E Nasreen
March - 2011
This study aimed to assess whether Manoshi DCs reduces delays in accessing EmOC...
Health Status of Mothers and Children in Rural Badghis Province, Afghanistan 2007
Qazi Shafayetul Islam, Syed Masud Ahmed, Taufiqur Rahman, Sher Shah Amin, Mashuqur Rahman
July - 2008
To assess the impact of BRAC health programme on sanitation, antenatal care, delivery practices, contraception, breast-feeding, immunization, and childhood illnesses in Badghis province during 2004-2007. This cross-sectional survey used a random sample of households (n=450). The respondents were all married women of reproductive age (15-49 years) and under-five children of the sampled households. Since no baseline information was available, the findings were compared with the provincial estimates for Badghis province from the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2003 (MICS) and in some cases with estimates from a similar study carried out by BRAC in Balkh province in 2006...
Knowledge and Attitude of Rural Population Towards TB and Perception of Barriers in Accessing to TB Services in Two Provinces of Afghanistan
Qazi Shafayetul Islam, Syed Masud Ahmed, Taufiqur Rahman, Sher Shah Amin, Mashuqur Rahman
April - 2008
This study aimed to explore i) the awareness and knowledge on tuberculosis (TB), ii) knowledge on TB diagnosis and treatment, iii) attitudes towards TB, and iv) perception of barriers in accessing to TB services...
Pilot Project on Capacity Development of the Unqualified/semi-qualified Allopathic Healthcare Providers
Syed Masud Ahmed, Mohammad Awlad Hossain
December - 2006
The study conducted in the CFPR/TUP areas of the first phase has shown that the sales people at drug retail outlets and the village doctors (Palli chikitsak) are one of the major sources of allopathic healthcare for the poor and the disadvantaged people in Bangladesh, besides community health workers/volunteers (CHW/CHV). As a follow-up of this finding, a pilot research project was undertaken to improve the quality of care provided by the above-mentioned categories of providers....
Preliminary Exploration of Birthing Hut Facilities of MANOSHI Programme
Marufa Aziz Khan, Syed Masud Ahmed
December - 2006
This study was a preliminary exploration of the newly launched “birthing center” facilities in the slum areas of Dhaka city by BRAC’s MANOSHI programme....
Morbidity and Poverty: Measuring Economic Burden of Illness Requiring In-patient Services
Mahjabeen Rahman, Syed Masud Ahmed
December - 2006
Severe illnesses may have important consequences for the poor in terms of the costs of treatment they have to bear and income erosion effects of those illnesses. The resulting depletion of wealth may also transmit poverty to the next generation. This study compared the cost of illness between the Selected Ultra Poor (SUP) and the Not Selected Ultra Poor (NSUP) households and investigated whether health expenditures are catastrophic...
Rapid Assessment Survey of Current Sanitation, Immunization and Contraception Status in Selected Unions of Bangladesh 2006
Mohammad Awlad Hossain, Ahmed Ali, Nazimuddin Aroj Ali Joarder, Farid Ahmed
November - 2006
Since December 2004, BRAC has been implementing a programme with the target of achieving 100% sanitation in all households, 85% immunization of children and 70% use of contraception among eligible women by 2005 in 100 selected unions across the country. A rapid quantitative survey was conducted to assess the impact of the programme covering 480 households that were randomly selected across six division of BRAC health programme...
Exploring the Current Status of Sanitary Latrine use in Shibpur Upazila, Narsingdi District
Nuzhat Choudhury, Mohammad Awlad Hossain
November - 2006
This study evaluates the statistics of total sanitation in Shibpur upazila. The general objective of the study was to assess the combined effects of sanitation programme initiated by BRAC Health Program in changing people’s knowledge, attitude and practices on safe water and sanitation....
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