BRAC: Shasthya Shebikas' Role in Delivering Health Care Service to Rural Markets
BRAC was the largest non-governmental organization in the world, reaching out to 138 million people. It made a significant contribution to reducing poverty in Bangladesh by employing more than 117,000 community workers (Shasthya Shebikas) to improve the health and nutrition of the rural poor. The manager of BRAC's Health, Nutrition and Population program was faced with two significant challenges. First, she had to find a way to encourage more people to use BRAC's services; more than 60 per cent of the population sought the services of unqualified health care service providers, despite the significant contribution made by Shasthya Shebikas. Second, she had to bring down the 10 to 20 per cent turnover rate of the Shasthya Shebikas. Sanal Kumar Velayudhan is affiliated with Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode. Sayeda Shabukta Malik is affiliated with . Kaosar Afsana is affiliated with BRAC University.