Our targeted countries face some of the worst health conditions in the world. According to the World Bank, the maternal mortality rate in Sierra Leone (1,360) is the highest in the world, with South Sudan (789) and Liberia (725) close behind. Pakistan (45%), Afghanistan (40.9%) and Uganda (34.2%) have a high percentage of stunting in children under five according to the European Commission. Communities in developing countries lack medical equipment, trained staff, and healthcare facilities. Our health interventions are designed to ensure these numbers come down.
Community-based healthcare is the cornerstone of successful implementation of the health system. Its success depends on community participation and their cooperation with our health staff. We work at the community and facility level to strengthen the capacity of female community health volunteers, health workers, and doctors so that they can provide educational, preventive, and curative health services to communities at the community and facility level. Our primary focus is mothers and children. We partnered with the Ministry of Health to reduce child mortality, improve maternal health and combat diseases such as tuberculosis and malaria. These services are delivered through trainings on basic literacy skills, making oral rehydration solutions, and raising awareness on good hygiene practices through WASH activities. We ensure full immunisation coverage in target areas and distribute insecticide-treated bed nets for new mothers and newborn children. Our interventions focus on playing a pivotal role in both primary and secondary level healthcare.
- Use of contraceptives (condoms) doubled and fertility rate dropped by 26% among the participants of our adolescent programme in Uganda (Oriana, 2015)
- 27% decrease in under-five mortality, 33% decrease in infant mortality, and 27% decrease in neonatal mortality. BRAC in Uganda contributed to these impacts by making home visits and promoting knowledge about health, preventive behaviour, case management of malaria and diarrhea after three years of intervention in Uganda (Svensson, 2016)
We will expand our activities and continue to adapt our models to the local context. Our experience in developing countries has created awareness for the constraints of people in poverty in specific regions.. We will work to overcome these limitations through new innovations and strengthen our current interventions in target countries.
YOUR SUPPORT helps build healthier populations that live longer and contribute to economic progress.