|Learning to Reach Health for All
Thirty Years of Instructive Experience at BRAC
edited by Jon E. Rohde
ISBN 984 05 1744 9 2005 240pp 215x136mm HB Tk.350.00 US$23.00
As BRAC was founded, in 1972, Henry Kissinger described newly independent Bangladesh as the world’s next ‘basket case’. F. H. Abed, the founder of BRAC saw it differently, creating a vision of "A just, enlightened, healthy, and democratic Bangladesh free from hunger, poverty, environmental degradation and all forms of exploitation based on age, sex, religion and ethnicity". And he set about to do that, proving Kissinger a cynic, if not worse.
In this book, Jon Rohde and colleagues trace the history of BRAC’s efforts in health, and document how it is contributing to making Health for All a reality. BRAC’s health programmes now reach over 80 million of Bangladesh’s population.
Jon Elliot Rohde was educated at Harvard University. After graduation, he moved to the then Pak-SEATO Cholera research Laboratory (now ICDDR,B) in the then East Pakistan. After the crackdown in 1971, he actively participated in promoting the cause of Bangladesh’s independence in US Congress and the media. A medical doctor by training, he worked in many developing countries including Indonesia and Haiti. He was also the head of UNICEF in India. He now lives in South Africa.
Shahaduz Zaman was educated in Chittagong, Dhaka and Amsterdam. He has an MBBS, MPH and a PhD. He is now the coordinator of the MPH programme of the James P. Grant School of Public Health at BRAC University.
Abdullahel Hadi was educated in Chittagong and New York. He is a social demographer and is currently working as a coordinator of research at BRAC. He has his DrPH from Columbia University in USA.
S. Masud Ahmed was educated in Dhaka and Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. He is a medical doctor and works as a research coordinator at BRAC. He has an MPH and is pursuing his PhD.
Raihana Karim was educated in Bangladesh. She has a Masters degree in anthropology and is now working as a research associate at BRAC.