Perceptions about Healthcare: Stories from Rural Bangladesh

Having lived in urban centers all my life, I was quite excited to have the opportunity to reside in rural Bangladesh for a week long deep dive- a research endeavor that my team and I undertook to get a basic understanding the typical healthcare experiences of the rural population. My destination was a small village in Niyamatpur in the district of Kishoreganj. The very first thing that struck me early in my experience was the…

The Building Blocks of the Government Healthcare System

With a doctor to patient ratio of approximately 1: 3500, Bangladesh faces significant challenges when it comes to providing its citizens with access to healthcare. The government has an extensive healthcare infrastructure, running along the geographical administrative lines, to create a hierarchy that provides primary healthcare and family planning services at the grassroot level and gradually escalates a patient up the chain to more sophisticated care at Upazila or District hospitals. According to the 2012…

Questions from the Past

While most NGOs are focusing on underserved rural communities, the BRAC Manoshi project is one that is addressing a problem much closer to home. The Manoshi program is an MNCH (Maternal, Neo-natal and Child Health) service that provides poor, underserved women in the urban slums of Dhaka city with much needed support to deal with the complications of child birth. Since 2010 mPower Social Enterprises Ltd. has been working with BRAC Manoshi to facilitate their…