Shahina

My dream is to go to nursing school and become a nurse one day. I get a lot of satisfaction when I help people and see them get healthy.


Shahina, 20 (Ukhia, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh)

Shahina is a community health worker for BRAC, actively working at the Cox's Bazar camp. She lives in nearby Ukhia, a town about 10 kilometres from the camp. She loves to help people. “I go from house to house, visiting refugees to make sure they are healthy. Some days it is very hot in the camps. Other days it rains a lot. That is why I always carry an umbrella with me. I have to climb hills sometimes to reach a house, but I don’t mind. I get to know the people very well. I have seen children grow up, others get cured and play, mothers get pregnant. When I enter their homes, they call me by my name: “Shahina… Shahina!”


“I come every day in a tuk-tuk. The road is always very crowded with traffic. It takes me an hour to get here, so I wake up at 6:30 in the morning. I come to the BRAC office, get my material and start doing my visits. I see about 40 houses in one day. I normally have a break for lunch, but now it’s Ramadan and I am fasting, so I rest. In the afternoon I do more community mobilization. I get home at 6:30 in the evening, and I am normally tired. The next day, I start all over again.”

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