March 1, 2011
I worked as a summer intern in summer of 09' for MANOSHI- MNCH maternal and neonatal health project in urban slums of Dhaka.My ‘light-bulb’ moment in public health came inside a small hut in a crowded Bangladeshi slum as I watched a group of women-all undereducated slum dwellers- help a woman give birth to a healthy baby girl. All they used for what I once thought as a complicated surgical procedure was a sterile scalpel, piece of thread, some gauze, a plastic sheet and incessant religious chants. This moment brought into stark reality the positive impact this community-based approach have and will continue to have in reducing high maternal and neonatal mortality rates in Bangladesh. During my in-depth interviews, regional meetings and personal encounters with Bangladeshi health workers and slum inhabitants, I learned how community-based health can pave a path not only to upgrade living standards but also to safeguard human rights and gender equality. BRAC has done a highly commendable job in reaching and serving these underpriviledged women and thier families and creating a healthier generation amidst extraordinary levels of poverty. At MANOSHI what is saw was women's empowerment I have read in books and policy reports, put into action. I wish BRAC-Bangladesh and its staff more and more strength to carry out thier wonderful work in eliminating poverty, safeguarding human rights and empowering women and younger generations in Bangladesh!
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
testimonials, interviews, meeting and randomly talking to people who benefit from the project. I have seen from my own eyes and heard from my own ears :)
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Would intitiate more communication links between project's beneficiaries and the administration.
If funding is available, it will be beneficial to provide ambulances/transporation methods for patients at risk.
Volunteer & Worked and shadowed community health workers of MANOSHI- maternal and neonatal project in urban slums of Dhaka.