Project #15389

Provide Radiology Services in Bangladesh

by The Synthesis Collaborative

Dear friends,

Every year at this time, we are struck by gratitude towards our sponsors, advocates, and believers. The fundraising task ahead of us is a challenge, but we are incredibly close. In the last several months, we have:

- conducted another site visit in Cox's Bazaar, which has allowed us to continue developing our strategy and planning

- continued to make contacts with Rotary International

- gained more traction and recognition for the Synthesis Collaborative umbrella organization with another successful year of WALL\THERAPY - this year, we are honored and humbled to announce that we were awarded, by public vote, BEST OF ROCHESTER's Best Art Exhibit of 2015 as well as Best Group Improving the Community. 

Thank you for all that you do, and happy holidays!


Dear friends,

Thanks to your help, we are so close to reaching our goal of establishing our first teleradiology site in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. We hope to have IMPACT! Bangladesh funded by the end of this calendar year, and as the weather cools in our homebase of Rochester, NY, we are working harder than ever. It is up our donors and their networks to make this vision a reality and deliver sorely needed radiology services to the HOPE clinic. 

As a whole, HOPE has had a remarkably fruitful summer. On July 6th, HOPE partnered with Engender Health, a U.S.-based nonprofit women's health organization, for a two day training to educate doctors, nurses, midwives and village health workers on the importance of infection prevention and waste management. This is crucial to our ongoing efforts to reduce and prevent cases of infection and illness in the community. With proper training our staff will be able to continue providing high quality care to the community by practicing proper handling of used medical equipment and waste. 

Additionally, HOPE has partnered up with Mukti Foundation in an effort to reach out to new fistula patients and bring them to HOPE Hospital  for free treatment. HOPE and Mukti foundation will also raise awareness about fistula along with maternal and reproductive healthcare in these under-served rural areas. In August, the UK group Selfless will visit with a large group of medical students to provide care. This group will host a medical camp as well as advance their knowledge on rural and global health.

We are eager to supplement HOPE's incredible projects for women and children with vital radiology initiatives that will dramatically improve the lives of thousands. Thank you for joining us.


Dear friends,

We are grateful, as always, for your support. Currently, IMPACT! is strengthening its network of medical volunteers: these include local radiologists, specialists in orthopedic surgery, and musculoskeletal radiologists. We have been deeply encouraged by the willingness of physicians, both in our Rochester community and elsewhere, to complement their philanthropy by contributing their professional skills. When we begin operating fully in Cox's Bazar, as a diverse team equipped with a variety of much-needed expertises, we will be able to diagnose and manage a variety of acute and chronic diseases of the bones and joints. 

In addition, we are looking for corporate sponsors to match the funds raised thus far. We hope that you will continue to show your dedication to this cause and encourage your friends and family members to do the same. We truly believe that the success of IMPACT! - as a novel nonprofit model, as an opportunity for physicians to contribute their skills remotely, and most importantly, as a resource for healthcare in a place that it is desperately needed - will create far-reaching ripples. Thank you for being on our team.



The Synthesis Collaborative

Dear friends and supporters,

Thanks to your incredible support, The Synthesis Collaborative is halfway to reaching its fundraising goal of $50,000 for IMPACT! in Bangladesh. This would provide much-needed diagnostic services to the region of Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, but more than that, it would be a  innovative platform for radiologists all over the world to volunteer their services. It would be an evolution of the way that we can use technology to improve global health, and we need your generosity and forward thinking to carry us over the finish line. 

In the last few months, our biggest updates have come from Cox's Bazar. The hospital, part of the Hope Foundation for Women and Children of Bangladesh, has begun building a new structure to house the diagnostic imaging center. Other funders of their programs have stepped up to take this lead, and we are eager to begin working with them on the ground once we are able to provide a digital x-ray machine. Until then, we are supporting the community by facilitating the work of two talented WALL\THERAPY artists, Herakut and How & Nosm, in Cox's Bazar this summer (recently featured in JUXTAPOZ magazine). Just as with our work in Rochester, we believe that art has the ability to inspire and heal communities. 

We are truly grateful for all that you have given, and it has given us the optimism to know that this project is only beginning. We challenge you to show the same optimism today and make an investment in the possibility of global health. If you are interested in attending one of our events, learning more about our progress, or have questions, please feel free to contact us. 


The Synthesis Collaborative team 

Dear friends,

I would like to sincerely thank you for your previous support of The Synthesis Collaborative, and wish you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday season. I hope you find your partnership with The Synthesis Collaborative valuable and worthwhile - although our project to use teleradiology services to is ambitious and will take time, it is heartening to recognize that we stand in solidarity with all of you.

Since our last report, we have begun working with the Rochester-based medical imaging equipment manufacturer Carestream. We hope to install Carestream's equipment, first an x-ray machine, in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, within the first quarter of 2015. The parts are in place - what we need now are the financial resources to push us over the edge. With your help, The Synthesis Collaborative can dramatically improve the healthcare and access to healthcare for hundreds in Cox's Bazar - and that's just the beginning. For more information on our methods and partner, the HOPE Foundation for Women and Children, please visit our website,

With gratitude,

Dr. Ian J. Wilson

Co-founder, The Synthesis Collaborative


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The Synthesis Collaborative

Location: Rochester, NY - USA
Project Leader:
Ria Pal
Rochester, NY United States

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