The free healthcare for children and their families that we provide, not only improves the overall health of the communities, but also provides a huge incentive for parents to keep their children in full time education.
More than 60% of Bangladeshis – about 85m – people have no access to modern health services. Healthcare is not provided by the state and as a result it is expensive and inaccessible for the poor. The Dhaka slums, home to an estimated 4m people, have the highest level of malnutrition-related illnesses among children in the world. Research shows that our health intervention at early stages also improves intellectual well-being of children, helping create better chances for them and their families later in life.
‘We believe denying basic healthcare is a violation of human rights’.
- Dr. Farhana Ali
Chief Medical Officer
Children’s Hope launched its Pregnancy Scheme to provide adequate levels of antenatal care for expectant mothers and to ensure safe delivery of their babies at a recognised clinic. Antenatal care includes regular check-ups for pregnant women, providing nutritional food such as milk and eggs, and food supplements such as folic acid and vitamins.
Unclean drinking water in slum areas poses a serious health risk. Children’s Hope has taken the initiative to distribute water purifying tablets and to train families on how to make water safer to drink.
FIGHTING LIFE-THREATENING ILLNESS
Vaccination is generally considered to be the most effective way to prevent infectious diseases. CH has successfully arranged vaccination programmes in partnership with Glaxo Smith & Kline (GSK) for all sponsored children against Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Typhoid.
The inability to afford medical costs and lack of access to specialised treatment facilities are two critical factors that determine survival from life-threatening illnesses in Bangladesh. The introduction of our healthcare scheme has counteracted both of these critical factors and has saved many lives over the years.
WALK IN CLINIC
Bangladesh has the highest prevalence of child malnutrition in the world. To boost normal growth and development of children living in slums, CH provides nutritious food to all of its sponsored students three times a week throughout the year.
Our healthcare provision includes a drop-in service to attend our doctors’ clinic four days a week for health check-ups, free prescriptions, referrals to specialised consultants and receiving results of medical tests.
Read how our wide range of activities has, for Dhaka’s slum children, created once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, every day.