|A Simple Solution
Teaching Millions to Treat Diarrhoea at Home
A. Mushtaque, R. Chowdhury and Richard A. Cash
ISBN 984 05 1341 9 1996 174pp 215x136mm HB Tk.260.00 US$23.00
“This is a tale of how a medical technology was adapted, revised and presented to ad illiterate public through house-to-house health education by a small army of dedicated health workers. Through a decade of persistent work, the entire BRAC organization initiated this ambitious programme, and inspite of all skepticism from the global public health community, carried the science of oral therapy into every home in Bangladesh. Never before, or since, has a public health effort of this intensity been tried. Never before has health education been provided under such rigorous and cost effective circumstances with constant monitoring and evaluation, resulting in improved implementation at progressively lower unit cost.
Readers of this book will find numerous lessons, not only for the application of oral rehydration therapy, but for the implementation of public health programmes of all sorts in countries round the world, and a guideline to good development strategies in every sector. This is health history at its best.”
- Jon E Rohde
UNICEF Representative, New Delhi
(From the Foreward to the book).
Mushtaque Chowdhury, MSC, Ph.D. has been associated with BRAC since 1977, and as Director Research sincel992. He was the evaluation manager of Oral Therapy Extension Programme (OTEP) during 1980-90. Dr. Chowdhury spent a year at Harvard University as a Visiting MacArthur Fellow.
Richard Cash, MD, MPH and his colleagues conducted the first successful clinical trials of oral rehydration therapy (ORT) in 1967-68 at the Cholera Research Laboratory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. An author of over fifty papers and books, Dr. Cash has worked in over thirty countries. He has been involved with BRAC and has participated as a formal and informal advisor colleague to the OTEP programme. Since 1977 he has been an Institute Fellow at the Harvard Institute for International Development and a lecturer at the Harvard School of Public Health.