Health is wealth. Health is a vital component of development. Sound health can keep a person happy, active, dynamic, creative, motivated and energetic which all are prerequisite to development. Poor health is responsible for many causes of poverty and suffering. PROCHESTA recognizes the significance of healthcare as a core area of its intervention for integrated development. Healthcare sector has many dimensions all of which require attention. PROCHESTA, with its limited resources and capacity, tries hard to make some significant impact in some identified areas of pressing need while the scope of work in other areas still remains sky-high.
Creating adequate and efficient healthcare facilities, generating healthcare awareness and building capacity of healthcare providers are instrumental dimensions of healthcare that are an integral component of and prerequisite to development. In the context of Bangladesh, lack of proper food and nutrition, drinking water, hygienic environment etc. leads to malnutrition, diseases and other health hazards.
In such situation, the poor villagers cannot afford medication and treatment as there is no health center, no qualified physician, no proper medicine supply at village level. Many poor people, especially children, women and elderly people with dire poverty cannot afford to go to towns and cities for treatment.
As such, they always remain without treatment and succumb to a suffering fate until sometimes many of them die of diseases like fever, dysentery, diarrhea etc. which can be easily treated with low cost and prevented with little care at the initial stage.
Lack of treatment in appropriate time coupled with lack of adequate nutritious food generates serious health hazards among rural people.
In order to mitigate this problem at minimum level, PROCHESTA plans to establish primary healthcare centers to provide basic health education, treatment and medicines to poor villagers for free or with affordable charge. Since developing such new institutional infrastructures will essentially demand a massive planning and huge resources and will take a long span of time, PROCHESTA has for the time being devoted itself to improving the services of the existing healthcare facilities.
It is noteworthy that notwithstanding all inadequacies of resources and facilities it is because of the firm commitment, determination, sacrifices and tireless hard-work of some people under the visionary leadership of a dedicated doctor, Mr. Emdadul Haque, that the sub-district level government Health Complex of Chowgachha has been internationally appraised, accredited and awarded as the exemplary model health complex that such international agencies including WHO, UNDP, UNICEF and the World Bank have recommended the developing nations to follow for their rural healthcare systems.
PROCHESTA has been proudly contributing to the Chowgachha Upazila Health Complex in keeping up its reputation and further enhancing its services. Notably, the government has a much less allowance and allocation than this highly reputed Health Complex needs for its daily operations (e.g. the number of nurses that it needs vis-à-vis it can afford with government allowance).
Therefore, in order to supplement the government budget, PROCHESTA is currently sponsoring salaries of some additional nurses who are selected as volunteers/trainees from amongst financially constrained young girls and students.