I am currently in Bangladesh until 23rd April with a surgical mission to provide fistula surgery. We also have a new training center that was inaugurated by the Japanese Ambassador just last week. The building looks amazing! We have many plans for the types of training programs and seminars that will be held there. Ignorance of healthcare issues is a major factor for poor health outcomes in countries like Bangladesh. Read through our latest newsletter to keep up to date with our projects so far. When reading through the amazing stories of suffering and reprieve, realize that 95% of our funding is from people like you. Thank you!
I visited Bangladesh last December (2011) for 10 days to visit our projects. The hospital training center and dormitory is almost complete, with the scheduled grand opening for April this year. Accompanying me on this trip were Dr. Vidya Sharma, professor of pediatrics from the University of Missouri who is also head of International Health and leader of many projects in India and Africa. This is her first visit to Bangladesh with the hope of establishing grassroots healthcare projects in collaboration with Hope Foundation. Our mission to educate the local people of Bangladesh in easily preventable healthcare problems such as low Vitamin D and rickets continues with the support of people like Dr. Sharma.
Also with me on the trip were a team from California from a group called Mobile Medic, who are trying to set up a system of healthcare for people in isolated rural areas by the use of cell phones to communicate with the hospital. This is an exciting new development that will help our new Village Nurse graduates to administer healthcare direct to patients with the backup of the hospital that is usually too far away for the patient to visit. This will help rural women to get regular checkups during pregnancy to prevent mothers and babies dying from birthing complications since the costs of travelling to the hospital is too much for them. This is also a very low cost way of delivering healthcare since the Village Nurses are local women and their costs are far less than paying a doctor to do home visits.
I met with our Village Nurse graduates who are now employed in various clinics. The graduates from the island of Moheshkhali are now helping our Mothers' Club members in their neighboring villages. Empowering and educating women is an enormous benefit towards the education and improvement of the health of the entire community.
During my trip a 10 bed Rehab unit was set up to provide services to the paralyzed, injured and recovering patients who come to the hospital for occupational and physical therapy. The disabled and paralyzed people in Bangladesh are usually neglected since the country is poor and cannot provide for everyone. Our partnership with KDM, a French rehab. specialist organization has been giving much need therapy to local people since 2010.
Our goal to provide a permanent cafeteria/canteen in the hospital continues and plans are being put in place to do this as soon as the training center is complete. The training center will be a hub for training, meetings, conferences and many events that will require on-site food services that can help the canteen be self-sufficient and also provide free food to the poor patients in the hospital.
My trip ended with several meetings in the capital, Dhaka, with major aid organizations and NGO's. These partnerships will help to continue our mission and vision to help the poor and suffering people in Bangladesh.
I visited Bangladesh in April to meet with the American Ambassador to Bangladesh, Hon. James Moriarty who made a trip to visit our Hope Foundation hospital in Cox's Bazar. The trip was an opportunity for me to sit with our Country Director Mr. Jalal Uddin Shoaib who is in charge of all Hope projects in Bangladesh.
The rickets surgery project is a difficult one involving a fairly expensive surgery, even by Bangladesh's standards. We are therefore focusing on prevention by distributing calcium tablets, education and early intervention. In association with another large organization in Bangladesh dedicated to the welfare of the paralyzed, we will also provide rickets surgery to those whose condition is so extreme that surgery is necessary.
Our new training center is being built. This will help with all our efforts at preventive education and outreach to the very rural areas where medical care is non-existent.
Meanwhile, we are continuing to raise money to help children suffering from rickets and other preventable diseases.
Having returned from my visit to Bangladesh in December 2010, I am happy to report the progress of our ongoing mission to provide rehabilitative services. Our partnership with KDM means that a trained rehabilitation expert volunteers at the hospital for one day a week providing therapy to local patients. They also help to train our hospital staff in how to provide therapy ensuring that the project is sustainable.
Several patients are being prepped for surgery now that we have a new operation theater that will be able to provide corrective surgery for the most severe rickets cases. We are still actively seeking surgery to help these poor children before adulthood when surgery becomes more difficult and complete recovery rare.
Thank you all for your continued and past help.
Rickets is an entirely preventable and treatable condition, especially in the early stages. It requires modification in nutrition to include more calcium and vitamin D in the diet and initially a short course of calcium tablets. Unfortunately the majority of children with the disease are from poor and illiterate households in rural areas. The families often do not know the cause and that it is a treatable condition. Fearful of incurring high costs from attending local hospitals and clinics, families spend years hoping their children's bowed legs will somehow get better on their own. Meanwhile children start feeling a lot of pain as the softening of bones continues in other parts of the body such as the spine.
Hope Foundation has a partnership with a french rehabilitation charity called KDM. They will help to rehabilitate patients suffering from rickets after surgery and will help to identify candidates for surgery.
Hope Foundation is also planning an outreach program to educate and inform villagers about this disease and how to prevent it. Calcium tablets will be distributed to poor households.
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