Improve Access Care for populations vulnerable in Bangladesh

Project Background and Description

Since 2014, La Chaîne de l’Espoir has been working in Bangladesh as part of its partnership with Friendship, a local NGO founded by Runa Khan in 2002 to bring medical aid to the people of the Chars Islands. Located in the north of the country, these alluvial islands have a life expectancy of 3 months to 25 years, and are particularly vulnerable to rising waters due to global warming. The populations live in total poverty and must travel to the mainland to access health care facilities. However, the cost of transportation and health care prevents them from accessing the care they need.

In response, Friendship has converted three ships into floating hospitals that travel every two months from island to island, serving the health needs of approximately 10 million people. These hospital ships are equipped with medical consultation rooms and operating theaters. La Chaîne de l’Espoir supports Friendship by sending medical and paramedical volunteers to train local medical staff and perform pediatric surgeries. Since July 2018, La Chaîne de l’Espoir has been providing its expertise for the organization of care and training of local staff in the development of the Shyamnagar Hospital, particularly the maternity ward and the surgery department. This hospital, built by Friendship in the south of the country, has a capacity of 50 beds and covers the health needs of a population of 3.5 million.

Project Principal Activities

• Medical missions and training to reinforce the skills of local medical staff.
• Virtual classroom training through webinars made from France.
• Provision of medical technical expertise to Friendship teams in the organization of care and management of a maternity and surgical department.
The objectives are as follows:
• Provide vulnerable populations in Bangladesh with access to quality medical and surgical care.
• Build capacity of local medical teams through training between French and Bengalis health care staff.

Project Key Statistics

In 2019 and 2020, 13 medical missions with 32 medical and paramedical volunteers were sent by Chain of Hope to Bangladesh. More than 1,400 patients were seen in consultation and 171 were operated on.

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