Many Bangladeshi children grow up in abject poverty which significantly impacts children's' access to health services, a healthy diet, and education. Many children are not fully vaccinated, stunted, and anemic. Safe drinking water is not always available and sanitation systems are insufficient. High rates of blindness and visual impairment cause children to drop out of school resulting in a vicious cycle of poverty and illiteracy guaranteeing that they will continue to be vulnerable
HOPE will provide health screening in schools for 200 Primary school children in rural Bangladesh. This includes screening of general health, vision screening, growth and development assessment (height & weight), spinal screening, assessment of anemia/nutritional status, learning disorders, physical impairments, common skin conditions, oral checkup and heart defects. Vaccination, deworming, and micronutrient supplementation (Vitamin A & IFA) will be provided as needed.
Students will gain a heightened awareness of healthy habits and behaviors including proper hand washing to ward off illness and prevent disease. If needed, students will receive medical intervention including eye glasses and surgery. Fostering a healthy school environment will help children form healthy habits that will continue throughout their lives. Promoting health in schools will maximize academic performance and ensure that children develop normally and participate fully in their youth
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