healthcare facilities & awareness: Capacity building of healthcare providers
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 some dedicated doctors 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, in order to supplement the government’s scanty budget for the health Complex, PROCHESTA is currently sponsoring salaries of some additional nurses who are selected as volunteers/trainees from amongst financially constrained young girls and students.
PROCHESTA sponsored nurses at Chowgachha Upazilla Health Complex, the internationally recognized model of rural healthcare system for the developing nations.
Dr. Emdadul Haque, who has pioneered the success and achievements of Chowgachha Upazilla Health Complex, attends a poor pregnant mother at the Health Complex.
WHO Director General Margaret Chan visits the best award winning Chowgachha Upazila Health Complex and attends a cordial meeting with its staff in a compacted room.