Friendship brings vital healthcare to the ultra-poor in remote and hard to reach areas of Bangladesh.
MAKING HEALTHCARE MORE ACCESSIBLE
Access to healthcare is a fundamental human right, but is not yet available to many of the poor in the remote areas of Bangladesh. We have spent the past 14 years developing the infrastructure, services and innovative technologies that enable us to bring reliable healthcare to marginalised communities, despite the difficult environment. People’s lives are saved or changed beyond recognition thanks to Friendship.
How we work
Our fully-equipped hospital ships reach areas of Bangladesh where people previously had no access even to basic medicine.
The static clinics serve as a permanent base housing essential medical equipment and providing healthcare services.
Our mobile paramedical teams regularly visit communities in the field bringing healthcare and medicine to people’s doorsteps.
Selected women in the communities are trained in basic medical services (administration of basic medecines, diagnosis of conditions…) to help save and change lives.
Diagnosis via mobile phone
Our Medic-Aides use a mobile phone app. developed by Friendship to help analyse symptoms, diagnose and treat medical conditions or refer patients to a hospital.
An innovative satellite platform links the hospital ships to expert doctors in hospitals worldwide and permits advanced consultations and knowledge sharing.
HOW WE REACH REMOTE COMMUNITIES
We bring reliable healthcare to marginalised communities thanks to our unique three tier system developed using our experience in the field. This system enables us to cater for the needs of the poor who otherwise wouldn’t even have access to basic healthcare.
Our hospital ships enable doctors to tend to patients referred from the field. Care is offered by a medical team serving permanently on the hospital ships, complemented by expert local and foreign doctors for specialised “health camps”.
How we make a difference
Cervical Cancer Programme
There is a huge lack of care for cervical cancer in hard to reach areas although it is prevalent among Bangladeshi women. We are proud to play a part in raising awareness and helping treat the disease. In 2015, Friendship screened 16,910 women and 265 were treated for pre-cancerous lesions under our Cervical Cancer programme.
Immunisation of Children
Difficulties in accessing the remote char areas often mean that children miss out on receiving vital healthcare services that are available elsewhere. In cooperation with the Bangladesh Government Heath Authority, we facilitated full vaccination coverage of 9,500 eligible children in 2015.
Community Skilled Birth Attendants
Mortality rates and complications during child birth are high in the char areas due to the lack of qualified doctors and midwives in the field. Our programme focuses on providing advanced training to women in the community to help them identify mothers at risk, assist in the delivery or refer complicated cases to hospitals.
Medical Health Camps
Cataracts, cleft palate, club foot and burn contractures are some of the conditions seen frequently amongst the char inhabitants. We organize regular free health camps where specialists (local and foreign) operate and treat these patients in our hospital ships.
Ante- and Post-Natal Care
Having a child can be daunting at the best of times, even more so if medical facilities are not directly available to you. Our health staff ensure that both the mother and child are regularly monitored, and help to bring peace of mind by providing information and answering questions.
Family planning services for the inhabitants of the char and riverbank areas. Friendship works to promote family planning making it more widely available and offering services including creating awareness and distributing contraception.