“People meet each other without prior knowledge. It is a person’s character which displays their true attributes to the eyes.”
-Proverb of Bangladesh
WHAT WE DO
Meeting health and education needs is especially challenging in Bangladesh. Volunteers from Mid-Main Community Health Centre in Vancouver created BHP - the Bangladesh Health Project at the invitation of a Bangladeshi educationalist. Bangladeshis are resourceful people and we have always followed their guidance about how to offer our support. We have teamed up with education institutes and non-government organizations tackling the social determinants of health through health care worker training, nutrition and education.
Our initial goal was to develop human resources in Bangladesh to improve quality of nurse education. Since 2003, BHP volunteers have been working with Dhaka’s IUBAT- International University of Business Agriculture and Technology to launch a nursing school (BScN degree). IUBAT alumni are now working in Bangladesh and Nepal as front-line nurses, instructors and leaders. Others have emigrated for jobs or graduate study.
Our next priority was to “train the trainers” and to develop Open Educational Resources for novice nurse educators in partnership with Nurses International. Now we are creating career pathways for nurses and others by assisting IUBAT to start a Masters in Public Health Program.
More recently, BHP volunteers have assisted development of nursing care in hospitals through infection control and quality improvement. As well, BHP volunteers are helping to improve home care for elderly and disabled people. Currently we are partnering with a rural development NGO to build a primary school as well as a vocational college that will train engineers, computer technologists, community health workers and other technical trades.
Our Activities for 2022
Working with Nurses International, we have been converting the BScN curriculum to an Open Educational Resource that has now been used in over 140 countries. This has led to many other initiatives by NI and several academic papers.
During 2020 we worked with IUBAT faculty to develop a proposal for a Masters in Public Health Program. This will create a career pathway for nurses and other health care professionals. The national regulator is now reviewing the application, so we hope that students will be admitted during 2022.
We continue to support other health-related initiatives through Sajida Foundation and service-based research on reproductive health with Dr. Nazmul Huda.
We have continued our partnership with another NGO, Oasis for Posterity, to build a primary school, two early learning centres and recently a vocational school in north-west Bangladesh. In the future the college will offer a training program for community health workers and a primary care clinic that can also be used for training BScN and MPH students. Please let us know if you would like to contribute.
We continue to work through Mid-Main Community Health Centre in Vancouver and will soon establish a new charitable organization to support the health and education programs of OFP.
As always, we welcome volunteer contributions and involvement in these activities, whether working from home or in Bangladesh. Donations are always welcome.
OFP Vocational College – future site for training health care workers
HOW YOU CAN HELP
VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME
The BHP offers stimulating and meaningful volunteer work for nurses and other health care professionals to contribute to sustainable change in the health care system. We recruit RNs, LPNs, Physicians, Allied Health and Public Health Professionals to teach lectures and supervise clinical placements for BScN and MPH students at in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
If you, or someone you know, is interested in volunteering, please contact us with any questions.
MAKE A DONATION
Want to join our efforts but not sure where to start?
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It’s a great way to contribute to our cause, and every little bit counts towards paving the path for a better tomorrow.
PARTNER WITH US
Our organization always appreciates the generosity and involvement of people like you.
Every contribution makes BHP an even better Non-Profit Organization than it already is.
We want to provide you with the correct and appropriate information pertaining to your mode of support, so don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions.