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Health Volunteer (Shasthya Shebika) kit, 1977–2013

This is a Project. It was designed by BRAC. It is dated 1977–2013. Its medium is medicine, sanitary napkins, delivery kit, soap, salt, registrar, pictorial dosage instructions.

BRAC, headquartered in Dhaka, engages a legion of community health volunteers, or Shasthya Shebikas in Bangla, to go door to door in slums and villages to disseminate vital health information and treat common ailments such as pneumonia. The Shasthya Shebika mobile medical kit acts as a portable pharmacy, providing medical essentials to families in Dhaka’s informal settlements and rural villages. Visiting fifteen households a day, each volunteer generates a modest income from selling medicine and health commodities. Selected by their communities, the more than 85,000 Shasthya Shebikas are the first point of contact between community members and a network of public and private healthcare providers.

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