Shasthya Shebkias - the frontline workers of BRAC: Their contribution to achieving the MDG

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/163901
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Shasthya Shebkias - the frontline workers of BRAC: Their contribution to achieving the MDG
Author(s):
Afsana, Kaosar; Barua, Milon Kanti; Ahmed, Faruque; Mahbuba, Nur-e-
Author Details:
Kaosar Afsana, Program Manager, BRAC Health Program, Dhaka, Bangladesh, email: afsana.k@brac.ne; Milon Kanti Barua; Faruque Ahmed; Nur-e-Mahbuba
Abstract:
Maternal health service utilization in Bangladesh is still poor, particularly, in rural areas. Shasthya Shebikas (SSs) are the community health volunteers of BRAC working in rural areas to reach health services at the grassroots level. Two of the major tasks of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are the reduction of child mortality and maternal mortality. In this paper, we will discuss the contribution of Shasthya Shebikas to achieving these two goals. Data have been extracted from the management information system of the BRAC Health Program. Findings reveal an improvement in use of health services in intervention areas, which is reflected in high coverage of antenatal care, contraceptives, tetanus toxoid, immunization, vitamin A, safe water access and sanitary latrine use. This study suggests that in a country like Bangladesh, low-cost intervention is necessary to achieve the MDGs for maternal and child health. Involvement of community health volunteers has made a difference by changing the behavior of mothers and bringing health services to the doorstep. Based on this experience, a new initiative on maternal, neonatal and child health has been designed where integrated services will be provided through community health volunteers.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2006
Conference Host:
McMaster University
Conference Location:
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Description:
2006 International Conference: Dhaka, Bangladesh. The International Conference on the Impact of Global Issues on Women and Children, co-organized by McMaster University and the State University of Bangladesh, is an opportunity for the interdisciplinary exchange of development expertise and will be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh from February 12-16, 2006.
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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleShasthya Shebkias - the frontline workers of BRAC: Their contribution to achieving the MDGen_GB
dc.contributor.authorAfsana, Kaosaren_US
dc.contributor.authorBarua, Milon Kantien_US
dc.contributor.authorAhmed, Faruqueen_US
dc.contributor.authorMahbuba, Nur-e-en_US
dc.author.detailsKaosar Afsana, Program Manager, BRAC Health Program, Dhaka, Bangladesh, email: afsana.k@brac.ne; Milon Kanti Barua; Faruque Ahmed; Nur-e-Mahbubaen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/163901-
dc.description.abstractMaternal health service utilization in Bangladesh is still poor, particularly, in rural areas. Shasthya Shebikas (SSs) are the community health volunteers of BRAC working in rural areas to reach health services at the grassroots level. Two of the major tasks of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are the reduction of child mortality and maternal mortality. In this paper, we will discuss the contribution of Shasthya Shebikas to achieving these two goals. Data have been extracted from the management information system of the BRAC Health Program. Findings reveal an improvement in use of health services in intervention areas, which is reflected in high coverage of antenatal care, contraceptives, tetanus toxoid, immunization, vitamin A, safe water access and sanitary latrine use. This study suggests that in a country like Bangladesh, low-cost intervention is necessary to achieve the MDGs for maternal and child health. Involvement of community health volunteers has made a difference by changing the behavior of mothers and bringing health services to the doorstep. Based on this experience, a new initiative on maternal, neonatal and child health has been designed where integrated services will be provided through community health volunteers.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:34:34Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:34:34Z-
dc.conference.date2006-
dc.conference.hostMcMaster Universityen_US
dc.conference.locationDhaka, Bangladeshen_US
dc.description2006 International Conference: Dhaka, Bangladesh. The International Conference on the Impact of Global Issues on Women and Children, co-organized by McMaster University and the State University of Bangladesh, is an opportunity for the interdisciplinary exchange of development expertise and will be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh from February 12-16, 2006.en_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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