Through a new partnership with the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b), a leading international health research institution, AmeriCares is supporting the work of a network of hospitals, thereby increasing health care capacity, quality and access.
Snapshot of Bangladesh:
Bangladesh is a densely populated country where over 160 million people live in an area the size of Iowa. Rural regions are extremely isolated and excluded from medical services; urban areas continue to experience unplanned and unregulated population growth. About a third of this extremely poor country floods annually during the monsoon rainy season, hampering economic development, and further challenging the infrastructure. Poor sanitation contributes to the spread of disease. Critical health issues:
- Less than one in ten children has access to proper medical care.
- The leading causes of death – diarrheal diseases and respiratory infections such as pneumonia – are preventable and treatable.
Since 2002, AmeriCares has delivered more than $7 million worth of medical aid and humanitarian relief to Bangladesh. AmeriCares has worked with Parbatya Bouddha Mission (PBM). a partner that also provides health and social services for disadvantaged individuals in Myanmar. AmeriCares donations enabled PBM to support a primary health care clinic, an orphanage, and medical outreach missions. These programs served over 14,500 people.
Cyclone Sidr and subsequent flooding caused extensive damage to PBM's facilities. The destruction of PMB's sponsored orphanage, school, vocational training center and clinic required more than the organization's resources for repair. AmeriCares provided a cash grant for the recovery and replacement of critical program infrastructure
In 2011/2012, AmeriCares began a new partnership with the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b), a leading international health research institution. We have already delivered over $2M in aid through the new partner.
In 2007, AmeriCares contributed $1.6 million of emergency medicines and medical supplies to be distributed throughout coastal regions devastated by Cyclone Sidr. Cyclone Sidr remains the strongest recorded cyclone to occur in the Bay of Bengal. The Barisal District, located in southern Bangladesh, suffered the greatest amount of destruction from the cyclone’s violent winds and flash flooding.
In 2004, AmeriCares partnered with the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) in support of a water purification program. This program allowed for members of BRAC’s women’s microfinance collective to receive training in water filtration techniques and education on the importance of water purification.
AmeriCares is partnering with icddr,b to help support a large network of hospitals in Bangladesh by increasing quality of care and in-kind contributions of key medical supplies.
Founded in 1960, icddr,b provides practical, low-cost, lifesaving solutions to health problems in resource-poor settings. The network serves communities in extreme poverty in urban and rural Bangladesh, where millions live without access to adequate healthcare or lifesaving medicines. They have been instrumental in helping Bangladesh reach many of the Millennium Development Goals.
In a three-year effort, the partners are collaboratively training 7,600 practitioners and pharmacists at 16 hospitals in “Clinical Governance” guidelines and introducing standardized protocols and tools for improving the quality of patient care.
This project, a “Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)”commitment” will lead to the distribution of nearly $8 million worth of donated medicines and supplies to a network of 8 private and 6 public hospitals and will establish best practice guidelines for patient care and treatment.
AmeriCares also donates medical products to qualified U.S. health care professionals who are traveling to Bangladesh to provide charitable medical care. Through this program, donated medicines and medical supplies reach impoverished and isolated communities where even basic medical care is inaccessible to the poor or often non-existent. AmeriCares donations cure infections, relieve pain, help patients manage chronic diseases and make life-changing surgeries possible.
Recent News from Bangladesh
AmeriCares, through a donation from Johnson & Johnson of 24 million doses of Vermox (known generically as mebendazole), is in the first year of a program to promote better child health by treating intestinal worms in vulnerable populations and communities. Doses have already been distributed to partners in 16 countries.
To improve health care in Bangladesh, AmeriCares is training hospital pharmacy staff in a successful pilot program benefitting staff and patients. This cost-effective program is ready for expansion.
AmeriCares worked with Chariots of Hope to deliver wheelchairs to help transport patients in need at icddr,b hospital in Bangladesh.
As part of a global effort to reduce micronutrient deficiency and increase child survival rates, AmeriCares and Vitamin Angels have launched a partnership to provide donated high-dose Vitamin A to select health care institutions serving children at risk.
AmeriCares shipped of 3,000 pounds of emergency medicines and supplies emergency medical aid to Bangladesh to help reduce the suffering of survivors injured in the deadly building collapse. The shipment included medicines and surgical supplies needed to treat hundreds of trauma patients like Rebeka and Marium, who sustained crush injuries in the disaster.
AmeriCares is preparing an emergency medical aid shipment for survivors of last week’s devastating building collapse in Bangladesh. The global health and disaster relief organization is sending 3,000 pounds of medicines and supplies to the National Institute for Trauma and Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Savar, one of the major hospitals treating the injured.
Stamford, Conn. – April 30, 2013 – AmeriCares is preparing an emergency medical aid shipment for survivors of last week’s devastating building collapse in Bangladesh. The global health and disaster relief organization is sending 3,000 pounds of medicines and supplies to the National Institute for Trauma and Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Savar, one of the major hospitals treating the injured.
Emergency medicines and medical supplies are being distributed in the remote towns in Bangladesh that suffered the most damage from Cyclone Sidr, including in the Barisal district in the southern part of the country. AmeriCares was able to deliver donated medicines to its partner in the affected areas on the same day the aid arrived in country (the first shipment on Thanksgiving Day and the second on the following Saturday).
Stamford, CT, November 21, 2007 – AmeriCares is sending emergency shipments of critical medicines to Bangladesh in response to Cyclone Sidr, which devastated coastal towns throughout the country and has left hundreds of thousands homeless and killed more than 3,000 people. AmeriCares emergency response manager, Jonathan Hodgdon, arrived safely in Dhaka on Monday and is meeting with our partners on the ground to assess the needs and determine any further assistance AmeriCares can provide. Two emergency shipments, which include medicines and other relief supplies essential to treating health conditions during and after a disaster, are scheduled to arrive in Dhaka. The first is enroute from our warehouse in Stamford, CT and scheduled to arrive on Thursday with the second scheduled to arrive later in the week. Combined, the two shipments include over 40,000 pounds of essential medicines and emergency supplies including, antibiotics, analgesics, topical creams and IV solutions.
After dispatching emergency response personnel to India and Bangladesh, which were ravaged by weeks of monsoon flooding, AmeriCares coordinated efforts to deliver life-saving relief to help some of the millions of people who are displaced and suffering.