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Health Care for Children and Women

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Slum dwellers and other underprivileged people in Bangladesh are not able to pay for private healthcare, while public health care facilities are inadequate. A new report by UNICEF (2013) reveals a high prevalence (41%) of stunting (low height for age) in children under 5 in Bangladesh – a phenomenon that is directly linked to malnutrition during infancy and childhood, as well as to deficiencies in maternal nutrition. 50% of pregnant women and 51% of preschool-aged children suffer from anaemia as a result of micronutrient deficiency. 36% of the stunted children live in urban areas and malnutrition is generally affecting the poorest groups of society. To address this and other health issues, HOPE’87 has been providing free health care services in Bangladesh since 1998.

The main component is a weekly health camp in Dhaka, which provides regular primary health treatments, medical check-ups, prescriptions and medication. Patients (mostly women, children, physically challenged and old persons) come to the health care centre where they get a general check-up and a doctor´s prescription and necessary medicine free of cost. Those patients in need of further treatment get the necessary assistance at the health camp to be admitted to the nearest government hospital.

The weekly health camp started in 1998 and has provided health care services to more than 60,261 patients in total so far. In 2022, HOPE’87 additionally started another weekly health post activity through a van, which moves to different places every day of the week. The van is equipped with all the necessary medical equipment as well as a doctor, a nurse and volunteers, providing primary health care to the populations of remote areas where no other primary health care services are available.

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Robert Ottitsch

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