Health & welfare support for distressed people

Ruma, Thanchi & Rowangchri sub-districts, Bandarban district, Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT)
Project Duration: 
01/04/2014 to 01/05/2015
Foundation UNESCO - Education for Children in Need, Recklinghäuser Zeitung, HOPE'87
Project Description: 

HOPE'87 initiated the establishment of a permanent small clinic at Thanchi sub-districts (the most remote area of Bandarban district) to provide primary health care services to the rural population, particulartly to women and children. The clinic is run by the "Humanitarian Foundation", a local NGO and partner of HOPE'87.

During the reporting period, 800 patients received primary health care services including pathological tests. Futhermore, 15 physically challenged children in the Rowanchori sub-district were taken under a comprehensive assitance programme to procure their necessary treatments and physiotherapies while providing them with assistive devices such as white canes, wheel chairs and hearing aids.

In the context of a sustainable development approach, the project also included an income-generationg component in the form of the distribution of seed money in order to enhance peoples' livelhioods over an extended time period.

With its geographically diverse terrain as well as a multi-ethnic population, including 11 different indigenous people, the Bandarban district remains a highly vulnerable area. The region is struggling with issues such as multiple displacements, ethnic tensions, socio-economic deprivation, natural disasters, an acute drinking water crisis and insufficient health services.

In order to receive medical treatment, people living in the project area have to cover a distance of approximately 80 km on a hilly road. Furthermore, health services including pathological tests such as blood sample testing are often unaffordable for the rural population.