Nearly ten million children and half a million mothers in the world die every year from preventable causes due the lack of access to the necessary health care, according to UNICEF. The MAAWS Health complex aims to reduce that figure by providing primary health care to farmers and villagers in rural Bangladesh. By providing basic health care to those that need it the most, we are providing opportunities to the villagers of Earpur so they can improve their livelihood on their own terms.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Over 30,000 people in the Senbagh/Begumganj area of Noakhali, Bangladesh do not have access to basic health care. The closest hospital is 6 kilometers away. Diabetes and other preventable diseases run rampant because of the lack of primary care. Newborns and mothers die during childbirth because of the lack of maternal care and adequately trained birth attendants. The MAAWS Health complex will provide primary health care to approximately 2,000 patients, mostly farmers and villagers, a month.
How will this project solve this problem?
The MAAWS Health complex will provide primary health care to approximately 2,000 patients a month. A doctor will be on staff 3 days a week and a medical assistant will be available every day. The MAAWS Health Complex will be the only facility within 6 kilometers. In addition to primary care, the health complex will also provide services in maternal/natal care, women's health, diabetes and cancer screening and referral services. We aim to improve the accessibility of health care to the village.
Potential Long Term Impact
The facility will serve approximately 2,000 patients a month. In the long term we aim to improve the health and livelihood of the village as well as improving the accessibility of health care to rural villagers. By providing mothers and children with health care we aim to decrease the infant mortality rate of the area in the long term. As our health complex expands, we plan to add more programs and services such as optometry, lab testing and midwife training.
Total Funding Received to Date: $1,025
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $35,975
Total Funding Goal: $37,000