Assisting health care services in Bangladesh

Region: Asia and the Pacific
Country: Bangladesh
Year: 2018
Shelter: RHU
Project size: 0-50
Modality: Clinics, Consultation rooms
Sector: Health
Partner: HAEFA
Support: Design & Planning, Assurance, Communications

The violence in Myanmar has forced tens of thousands of Rohingya people from their villages and into neighbouring countries in Southeast Asia, as well as Bangladesh. Health and Education for All (HAEFA) has provided health care in Bangladesh beginning in 2012, and since 2017, they have been focused on increasing access to quality and essential health services to the Rohingya minority population.

“The Better Shelter units provide a sense of permanence. They help make the patients understand that we provide trustworthy health care.”

– Toasim Ahmed Chowdhury, Medical Officer, HAEFA

In 2018, HEAFA opened two primary health care centres inside extended Better Shelter Relief Housing Units (RHU) in the Kutupalong and Balukhali refugee camps, where 4 full-time medical doctors and 8 health care workers provide free-of-charge medical services 6 days per week. An estimated 1,800 free-of-charge consultations were held per week thanks to these two clinics.

“Earlier, the clinic was situated under the sky, and I had dust allergies as a result… Now I work under a roof and there is a fan – the work environment is more comfortable.”

–  Zannat Ara, Pharmacist, HAEFA

Read more about HAEFA’s efforts in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh and beyond, click here.