Tribute to Sir Fazle Abed, founder of BRAC

21 December, 2019

Dear Neil & colleagues,

I would like to pay tribute to the work of Sir Fazle Abed, founder of BRAC; in his efforts to tackle poverty he remains an inspiration to many in Bangladesh and around the world.

This post from Reuters says a little about his work:

"Fazle Abed, founder of world's biggest non-government organization BRAC, dies aged 83"

Two extracts:

"“The death and devastation that I saw happening in my country made my life as an executive in an oil company seem very inconsequential and meaningless. From then on I was committed to helping change lives,” Abed told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in an interview in London in 2014."

"BRAC staff went door-to-door to teach mothers in 16 million homes how to cope with dehydration caused by diarrhea, a major cause of child mortality, and ran a four-year program to encourage child immunization."

As indicated by the last quote from him in the Reuters' article, and the (old) article below (which tells a little of BRAC's story), in recent years BRAC expanded its work to other countries including Afghanistan and some countries in Africa.

Best wishes


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