Putting the ‘Care’ Back in Healthcare

Walking into the Grameen Kalyan (GK) Health Center (HC), the first thing that hits you are the smiling faces of the Community Level Health Workers. While city hospitals and clinics are manned by personnel who are often discourteous and sometimes even downright rude, the community level health workers seem to have already put into practice what behavioral scientists thousands of miles away seem to have empirically verified only recently- that the quality of communication and…

BRAC Manoshi: women, technology and the power of free

September 24, 2013 “Apa are you using any contraceptive?” The Shashto Kormi (SK) lowered her voice as she said the word “contraceptive” probably because of the male members of our entourage. The reply was no and the next few questions confirmed that the woman was pregnant. The SK asked more questions, with her assistant diligently writing the answers on a registration card. Finally came out the “technology”. The SK took out her cell phone and…

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…