“Of those who die from avoidable, poverty-related causes, nearly 10 million, according to UNICEF, are children under five. They die from diseases such as measles, diarrhea, and malaria that are easy and inexpensive to treat or prevent.”

-Peter Singer, a global thought leader-

BRAC  supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals which aspire to end the epidemics of AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria and other communicable diseases by 2030.


Through education, research, prevention and treatment, BRAC reduces the burden of infectious disease on vulnerable populations, especially women and children, and works to see a world where no one dies from preventable infections.

Our Approach

Essential Health Care


BRAC’s Tuberculosis, Malaria and HIV initiatives are part of its Essential Health Care programming facilitated through a network of community health promoters. These community health workers, who deliver care door-to-door, are trained to recognize symptoms, refer patients to local clinics or hospitals, and ensure treatment and therapy compliance.



BRAC works to reduce the morbidity, mortality and transmission of the disease. BRAC’s community health workers play a critical role in educating communities, identifying and referring TB symptomatic patients to government health laboratories, and ensuring regular intake of medicine through direct oversight treatment (DOT) on patients’ doorsteps.



BRAC works to increase access to Malaria treatment and awareness of the disease to help prevent it. BRAC’s community health workers provide treatment at the household level using a rapid diagnostic (DDT) kit. BRAC also holds sensitization and advocacy meetings to make them aware of malaria symptoms, and to engage them to identify patients, and create early care seeking behavior.

Program Highlights

Exceeding the TB Millennium Development Goal in Bangladesh

Exceeding the TB Millennium Development Goal in Bangladesh

Since 1993, when BRAC became the first NGO to join the government in administering Directly Observed Treatment Short-course (DOTS), BRAC has seen a 93% success rate, the second highest in the world.
Bed Nets Prevent Malaria in Uganda

Bed Nets Prevent Malaria in Uganda

In Uganda, where Malaria is one of the deadliest diseases, BRAC distributes long-lasting insecticide treated bed nets through volunteer community health promoters.
TB Diagnostic and Testing Lab in Liberia

TB Diagnostic and Testing Lab in Liberia

In Liberia, BRAC set up a TB diagnostic and testing lab to diagnose patients and refer them to treatment centers.

Our Impact

Community Health Workers in Bangladesh

BRAC’s community health workers are critical to the success BRAC has seen in treating and preventing infectious disease. Meet Najma, one of BRAC’s community health volunteers, who ensure that every family has access to lifesaving care

Key Supporters in Infectious Diseases