Hope Foundation for Women & Children of Bangladesh

Providing health care to the needy in Bangladesh through setting up hospitals, clinics, and providing emergency medical transportation. Hope Foundation aims to serve anyone in need, especially destitute women and children.
Aug 26, 2014

Fistula Free - meeting women post surgery

A great smile after being asked as to how she is
A great smile after being asked as to how she is

The following is a postcard from Neeharika Tummala, GlobalGiving's In-the-Field Representative in India and Bangladesh, about her recent visit to Hope Foundation for Women & Children of Bangladesh.

Cox Bazaar – the world’s longest sea beach - is what I have been hearing since I landed at the Dhaka airport. A major tourist destination and surrounded by hotels, I wasn’t sure as to what kind of NGO I would find here. However, just like in several other tourist destinations, there is no shortage of work to be done. The Hope Foundation is a hospital and specializes is care for women and children. Because of their great reputation, they hold specialized camps periodically as they get funding and expertise from other doctors. When I visited, a fistula camp was close to completion as doctors where some of the women had been suffering for years from an untreated fistula. It felt great to meet a few recovering patients and witness such great work. I think the smile in one of the patient's faces says it all is to what it is like to be free after years of discomfort, neglect and being shunned. 

I also met a classroom of women training to be midwives. Hope foundation does great work in community outreach and is interested in things like surveying and collecting data in the community to understand need for pre-natal care. The women are from the community themselves and will become valuable arms for Hope Foundation to understand their community. 

The medical team
The medical team
Midwifery Students
Midwifery Students
Aug 26, 2014

Safe Delivery Project Utilizes Trained Attendants

Attendants Reminding Patients about ANC
Attendants Reminding Patients about ANC

Dear HOPE Supporter,

Here at HOPE we get excited when different projects come together to pursue greater outcomes for our mission. The women who have been trained as birth attendants thus far are incorporated in another project of ours, providing delivery and safe pregnancy to rural women in our communities. Our birth attendants are instrumental in this project for a few reasons. One, in addition to our Mothers' Clubs, they are essential in recruiting expectant women in need to the project; two, they are active in the antenatal care services. Not only are they providing the actual services and counseling groups of women at a time to educate them on the importance of ANC, they are calling these women to remind them of their appointments, provide information and answer any questions they may have. Existing as a wealth of information is important in this area where reproductive health is not openly discussed, and therefore women stay in the dark about crucial steps they should be taking to protect themselves and their babies. We are ecstatic to see these attendants utilize their training and education to make huge differences in the lives of their communities.

Best Regards,

Ashley Pugh

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Aug 26, 2014

Burn Education to Prevent Mortality and Morbidity

Children Learning about Burn Prevention
Children Learning about Burn Prevention

Dear HOPE Supporter,

Did you know that every year it is estimated that 13,000 permanent disabilities in children in Bangladesh are caused by accidents such as burn? Burn ranks as in the top 3 injuries that cause complete debilitation of children, rendering them unable to attend school. Often these children resort to begging on the street as there are scarce resources for disabled children in rural areas. In addition to providing corrective surgery for these victims, HOPE wants to put an end to preventable injuries. 

HOPE's Mothers' Clubs provide the perfect forum for our doctors and nurses to educate these women leaders of rural villages on the precautions they should take for their children, how to avoid burn accidents, and appropriate response in the event an injury occurs. We believe firmly in providing care where care was not available before, but really addressing and mitigating the actual problem before it even happens. Our education seminars to our Mothers' Clubs have proved beneficial as many families had never thought of preventive measures they can take to protect their children. We will continue to work for the children in Bangladesh.

Best Regards,

Ashley Pugh

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