Rashedul, 6 monthsChilmari, Karai-Barisal char
Rashedul is 6 months old. He was born and lives in a highly remote area of Bangladesh making it very difficult and costly to reach the nearest hospital. Access is gained by boat and there are no scheduled boat services where his parents live. His mother, Anisa, was therefore not able to take him to receive his vaccinations putting him at risk of various diseases. She heard from a local Friendship Community Medic-aide (women trained in basic medical services) that Friendship offers vaccination support services to local communities, as well as a free ferry service to reach the designated location. She scheduled appointments for Rashedul to receive his vaccinations and he is now receiving them as he should.
“Rashedul’s getting his vaccinations. I’m really grateful to the Friendship Community Medic-aide. She planned the visits to hospital, told us about the free boat service, and scheduled all the vaccinations…. As a mother, it’s a real relief to know that my son is now able to get his vaccines and that he’s protected against some serious diseases”
Who we fund
Friendship arranges immunisation sessions at regular intervals to minimise maternal and infant mortality rates among char and riverbank-based populations. Working alongside the government of Bangladesh on the Expanded Programme for Immunisation (EPI), Friendship uses its healthcare network to bring the programme to women and children who would otherwise be excluded. Under the programme, children aged between 0 to 1 years and women aged between 15 to 49 years are given vaccines for the prevention of life threatening diseases.
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Thanks to your donations, we are able to continue to provide this service to even more children and women living in remote areas in Bangladesh, giving them protection against various life threatening diseases.