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Dr Muhammad Musa of BRAC joins the GH5050 Advisory Council

18 July 2018—Global Health 50/50 is proud to welcome Dr Muhammad Musa of BRAC as its newest Advisory Council member.

Dr Musa heads BRAC, an international development organisation dedicated to alleviating poverty by empowering the poor. Based in Bangladesh, BRAC operates in 11 countries across Asia and Africa, and is considered a pioneer of the microfinance approach. As one of the most significant global organisations working in development, BRAC was created in 1972 and has since helped lift nearly 150 million people out of poverty.

The Executive Director of BRAC joins the now 18-member Advisory Council, an informal group whose members serve as Global Health 50/50 advocates and ambassadors in their personal capacities. Council members provide thought leadership and advice on good practice on global health and gender, as well as support the development of the Global Health 50/50 initiative.

“I look forward to supporting Global Health 50/50 to lead the charge for accountability for gender justice in global health, and to shift norms, expectations and behaviours,” said Dr Musa. “BRAC has worked for decades to integrate gender justice into its programmes and eliminate gender injustice in society.”

The recently-released 2018 Global Health 50/50 Report ranked BRAC as a top performer for its commitment to placing gender equality at the centre of its operations, both programmatically and institutionally.

BRAC was one of 140 leading health organisations included in the study, the first of its kind, that provided an in-depth look at the extent to which the organisations understand, define, programme, resource, and monitor gender as a determinant of health, or as an indicator of equality within their own organisation. The report provided a unique assessment of seven domains that zeroed in on an organisation’s commitment to gender equality. Its findings were released on International Women’s Day 2018.

“We are delighted that Dr Musa has agreed to join Global Health 50/50 and its group of distinguished advisors,” said Professor Sarah Hawkes and Dr Kent Buse, Global Health 50/50 Co-Leads. “For decades, BRAC has been at the forefront of many struggles for social justice in Bangladesh and beyond. We look forward to working with Dr Musa as he brings the entrepreneurial spirit of BRAC to the Advisory Council.”

Global Health 50/50

Global Health 50/50 is an independent initiative to advance action and accountability for gender equality in global health and contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It is housed by the University College London Centre for Gender and Global Health.

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