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Organization Contact Information

Name: BRAC
Street 1: 75 Mohakhali, Dhaka 1212
Street 2:
City: Dhaka
Province:
Post Code: 1212
Country: Bangladesh
Phone: +8802 9881265
Email: akramul.mi@brac.net
Web Site: http://www.brac.net

Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Dr.
First Name: Shayla
Last Name: Islam
Title: Programme Manager,Tuberculosis Control Programme, BRAC, Bangladesh
Email: shayla.i@brac.net
Phone: +88 01730 348893

Alternate Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Dr.
First Name: Md. Akramul
Last Name: Islam
Title: Director, Tuberculosis and Malaria Control Programme, BRAC, Bangladesh
Email: akramul.mi@brac.net
Phone: +88 01711 837746

General Information

Board Constituency: Developing Country NGO
Organization Type - Primary: Non-Governmental Organization
Organization Type - Secondary: Community-Based Organization (CBO)
Is your organization legally registered in your country: Yes
Organization Reach: International
Organization Description:
BRAC’s unique, holistic approach to poverty alleviation and empowerment of the poor, especially women, has led to the continual development of innovative programs. These include the Economic Development Program, the Health Program, the Education Program, the Social Development, Human Rights and Legal Services Program. These core programs are strengthened by a range of support programs.
Over the past 41 years, BRAC has evolved into one of the largest southern development organizations in the world. As of December 2012 (Ref. annual report, 2012) BRAC serves over 120 million people in all over the country through 1,06,507 staff and 1,05,631 frontline community health workers. Several researches have been conducted and publications on findings have been published in many prestigious scientific journals, on BRAC’s effort in different programs.
BRAC-TB Control Program started in 1984 as a pilot project in one sub-district. This program was initiated by BRAC in collaboration with National Tuberculosis Control Project (NTCP) and National Anti-Tuberculosis Association of Bangladesh (NATAB) with technical support from the Research Institute of TB, Japan. The aim of the initiative was to make TB diagnosis and treatment available and accessible to the community, particularly the poor and to encourage community participation in TB care. Following the successful outcome in the pilot project, BRAC expanded the programme to other areas of the country. BRAC was the first NGO to sign a MoU with the Government of Bangladesh in April 1994 to expand the DOTS services. Along with partnership with Government, BRAC has a strong partnership with different NGOs working in controlling TB.
BRAC is now covering 93 million of the country population for TB control service. It contributes the overall case detection and cure rate at national level. The average new smear positive case notification rate in BRAC-supported areas was 78 in 2012, which was 70 nationally. Treatment success rate was 93% in BRAC areas and 92% nationally in 2011.
 
Total number of staff in your organization: 100 +
Number of full-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 100 +
Number of part-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 100 +
Number of volunteers who are directly involved with TB: 100 +
 
What is your organization's annual budget (USD) dedicated to TB? >$10 MIL
How did you hear about the Stop TB Partnership: Involvement in TB control provision
If you were informed or referred by another partner of the Stop TB Partnership please tell us who:
Why do you wish join the Stop TB Partnership: Network with other partners
 
Are you a member of a Stop TB national partnership: Bangladesh
Are you in contact with your national TB programme: Yes
Please tell us how your organization is contributing to your country's national TB control plan:
BRAC is directly involved in developing national TB control strategic plan as a major partner of TB control.BRAC and NTP jointly mobilize resource for the country especially from GFATM as BRAC is also the Principal recipient for NGO component and have a network with 43 NGOs. BRAC directly implements its programme in more than two third of the country in partnership with NTP.BRAC has also received another grant through TB Care II Bangladesh project under USAID. This project provides an opportunity for the organization to strengthen key areas of the program: detection and management of smear negative, extra pulmonary and child TB; contact tracing of children under one year; expansion of referrals for MDR-TB testing and improvement of community–based treatment management; and increased attention to gender and socioeconomic equity of program coverage and patient outcomes.
 

Geographical Reach

Which country is your headquarters located in: Bangladesh
Which WHO region is the main focus of your work: South East Asian
Which countries do you do operate in:
(This includes countries you are conducting activities in)
Bangladesh

Specializations

Advocacy
Delivery of health services and care
Funding, including innovative and optimized approach to funding TB Care
Research and Development
Technical Assistance

Specializations in Countries

Advocacy Bangladesh
Delivery of health services and care Bangladesh
Funding, including innovative and optimized approach to funding TB Care Bangladesh
Research and Development Bangladesh
Technical Assistance Bangladesh

Contribution

Please tell us how your organization will contribute to the Global Plan to Stop TB by briefly describing its involvement in any of the areas of work listed below:

TB Care Delivery:
BRAC is involved in DOTS expansion and enhancement by scaling up of services and enhancing the quality of services. In collaboration with national programme its human resource is involved in TB diagnostic and treatment services at facility and community levels. BRAC strengthened its community based TB by using Women health volunteer. Capacity building, quality control and implementation of TB diagnosis through microscopy is expanded.. BRAC also has expanded TB services to hard to reach areas through special intervention by involving additional Community health volunteers and Community health workers and arrange outreach sputum collection centers to improve accessibility of health services and increase TB case detection.

Drug-Resistant TB:
BRAC in collaboration with NTP is involved in MDR-TB diagnostic and treatment services at community level. Two regional reference laboratories have been set up and run by BRAC in collaboration with NTP to strengthen MDR-TB diagnosis. Community based MDR TB services are being provided following NTP guideline. For rapid diagnosis of DR-TB, 7 GeneXpert machines have been set up and functioning at different district levels with the support of BRAC.

TB-HIV:
BRAC is involved in national TB-HIV collaboration approach and was involved in developing national guideline for TB and HIV. BRAC has a strong partnership with HIV NGOs providing TB services for PLHIVs.

Laboratory Strengthening:
BRAC has a network of quality assurance laboratory in its working area (EQA)and staff involved for quality services. Capacity building on laboratory aspect is its integral part.

Research:
BRAC has conducted several operations research in past and some are ongoing.

Declaration

Declaration of interests:
No conflicts of interest were delacred.

Application date: September 3, 2009
Last updated: January 19, 2015