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.
May 1, 2015

Increase in Emergency Care: Saving Mother's Lives

This woman is receiving antenatal care.
This woman is receiving antenatal care.

Dear HOPE Supporter,

The numbers don't lie: we are saving more women's lives than ever before. From the start of this year until now, we have provided 31 cesarean sections, In a population whee over 90% of women have birth at home, one can only imagine how little women come for emergency obstetric care, as the distance is too great and the decision at home is made too late for her life to be saved. This indicates that more women are being educated on healthy pregnancy and delivery by our staff, and more women are receiving antenatal care. During their antenatal care visits are they informed whether they are having a high-risk pregnancy. Mothers are being informed and having the ability, for the first time, to make an informed decision regarding their health, and the health of their baby. Rural mothers are planning their births and taking precautions when necessary to ensure their safety. We have never seen so many women seeking this care at our hospital before, and that is how we know progress is being made.

Thank you for your support in ensuring these rural mothers have access to care and information. Because of you we are truly empowering these women while facilitating healthy families.

Best Regards,

Ashley Pugh

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Apr 28, 2015

Addition Made to the Project!

Help us protect these women from cancer.
Help us protect these women from cancer.

Dear HOPE Supporter,

We have exciting news to report! We have recently been given the opportunity to add a very special component to our cervical cancer project: breast cancer training, screening and detection! Breast cancer is the number one cause of cancer deaths in women in Bangladesh. The current estimate puts the occurrence rate at 22.5 per 100,000 females. Naturally this rate is probably much higher given a lack of mortality reporting in rural areas. 

What exactly will this component entail? It will comprise our physicians, nurses, midwives and other to be trained to conduct a thorough breast examination. Our surgeon and other highly capable medical staff will be trained in fine needle biopsy. Any women in need of a lumpectomy will be provided one, by HOPE's surgeon and OB/GYN. HOPE's breast cancer screening will be done simultaneously as our cervical cancer screening, so that we are providing the most comprehensive reproductive and women's health examinations. Extensive outreach will be done to educate the community on doing self-examinations.

Please help us make this cancer prevention project a reality. Together, we can save the lives of thousands.

Best Regards,

Ashley Pugh

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Apr 28, 2015

Third Burn Camp Provides 30 Life-Saving Surgeries!

Young patient who received reconstructive surgery
Young patient who received reconstructive surgery

Dear HOPE Supporter,

Thank you for making our third burn camp a HUGE success! On April 3rd through April 9th, our partner ReSurge International's in-country lead surgeon along with two assistant surgeons and an anesthesiologist hosted the third burn camp at HOPE Hospital. In total, 30 patients received life-changing surgery! This is ReSurge International's third visit to HOPE Hospital, in total providing 94 burn reconstruction surgeries. We are so grateful to have this partnership and provide this service which is much needed.

Prior to the camp, HOPE staff conducted a massive awareness campaign that involved going to distant communities to seek patients needing care. The need is so extensive in rural Bangladesh, where the use of open fires for cooking leads to a high number of burn victims. As always, ReSurge International helps train HOPE's staff so that we may provide better care for patients arriving with burn injuries. Treating burn appropriately in the first instance is crucial.

Thank you for helping us make this work possible.

Best Regards,

Ashley Pugh

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