Mid-Main Community Health Centre supports the Bangladesh Health Project

Description of Mid-Main's relationship to IUBAT and OFP.

Mid-Main Community Health Centre supports the Bangladesh Health Project

Why is Mid-Main Community Health Centre involved in supporting this project?

Mid-Main Community Health Centre (www.midmain.net/) is sponsoring this international project as a means to contribute to global development. Several of the Canadian volunteers on this project have also served on the Mid-Main Board of Directors. As a progressive service provider, Mid-Main wants to share its successful experiences and support international efforts for population health improvement and economic development.

As in all development partnerships, mutual trust is essential. Canadian volunteers support this project entirely at the invitation of our partners in Bangladesh, International University of Business Agriculture and Technology [IUBAT]  and Oasis for Posterity [OFP]. As external supporters, we Canadian volunteers follow the guidance of these local leaders who know best how to serve their  communities.

Similarly, to safeguard the reputation of Mid-Main and the contributions of volunteers and donors, we Canadian supporters must have confidence in our local partners. We have contacted educators, nurses and doctors in Bangladesh as well as Canadian government officials there, in addition to members of the Bangladeshi community in Canada – all are supportive of this project and its local leaders. We use Agency Agreements to monitor management of any funds donated for specific purposes in Bangladesh.

 

About the partnership with IUBAT

Why are you working with IUBAT?

Established in 1991, the International University of Business Agriculture and Technology (www.iubat.edu/) in Dhaka, is one of the best private post-secondary institutions in Bangladesh. The founder of IUBAT, Dr. Alimullah Miyan, was an exceptional leader with a commitment to social justice and equality of access for poorer students. His mission was to create “Higher Education for Every Qualified Person with Finance for the Meritorious but Needy.”

What are you actually doing with IUBAT?

We are doing two things at IUBAT:

  1. We are supporting a nursing program that prepares students at the baccalaureate level (BSN) through English-language instruction. We have developed the curriculum for all courses as we proceed. Since 2015, we have adapted and shared this curriculum as an Open Education Resource to support novice nurse educators. It is now available through Nurses International.
  2. Starting in 2019, we developed the curriculum for a Masters in Public Health program. Because this is a new initiative, we worked with IUBAT to prepare the application required by the national university regulator. We expect regulator approval and admission of the first MPH students in 2021. Canadian volunteers will have an on-going role with curriculum development, on-line teaching and, when feasible, on-site teaching of the MPH students.

About the partnership with Oasis for Posterity

Why are you working with OFP?

In Bangladesh, a strong network of non-governmental organizations [NGOs] supplements government health and education programs to meet local priorities. Oasis for Posterity [OFP] has been officially recognized by the Department of Social Welfare (2015) and the NGO Affairs Bureau (2018). It is accountable to its Board of 35 members including women, elders and youth who represent the local community.  In addition, over the past fifteen years, the BHP leads have developed a strong, trusting relationship with the Founder of OFP.

The major activities of OfP tackle the social determinants of health in an under-resourced area of northern Bangladesh. Its programs include agricultural training and development, individual subsidies for education and health care, and community empowerment. Recently, OFP with support from Canadian donors, built a primary school that serves a particularly impoverished community. OFP’s latest initiative is a vocational college that will provide job-training for local youth and space for a rural health clinic.

What are you actually doing with OFP?

Through the Mid-Main Community Health Centre, Canadian donors are supporting OFP activities aimed at improving population health as detailed in an Agency Agreement. Consultation advice and project monitoring have been provided on-site at least once a year prior to Covid. Now that monitoring is occurring through frequent on-line contact. In the near future we hope to establish the primary care clinic and develop a paramedic program in the vocational college.