As part of a Clinton Global Initiative, MedShare has partnered with the International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) to send tractor-trailer sized ocean containers of medical supplies and equipment to strengthen health care systems in Bangladesh. Icddr,b, will provide clinical governance to medical professionals, MedShare will provide humanitarian donations of medical surplus. MedShare seeks to send seven containers of supplies and equipment in total.
Bangladesh's economy has been expanding at a rate of five to six percent for the past 15 years, yet it remains one of the poorest countries in the world. 80% of patients at icddr,b's facilities in Dhaka live on less than $2 per day. Bangladesh is a success story by some health measures; however, quality of care is inconsistent, due to factors such as budget constraints, training of medical personnel and the lack of medical resources, particularly medical consumables and biomedical equipment.
The project will provide high-quality medical supplies and equipment to impoverished patients in Bangladesh, while strengthening the health system and the quality of care in the participating hospitals. MedShare's donations will provide sizable budget relief to participating institutions so that scarce resources can be reallocated toward other health care priorities. The supplies and equipment will strengthen diagnoses and expand treatment options available to patients seeking care.
This project is projected to improve quality of care for a population of 5.4 million patients. The most significant long-term outcome of a health care system with good facilities, excellent staff and the needed supplies is that people believe in the system and access it more regularly, both for preventive care and treatment of illness. Increased access and use of the health care system improves the health of the entire population of the region served and enables communities to grow and thrive.