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Deputy hospital head Dr. Mahmuda Akhtar second from right
Sajida head office and hospital QA staff with John Richards and Alex Berland. Deputy hospital head Dr. Mahmuda Akhtar second from right.

Recently BHP Directors Alex Berland and John Richards made a site visit to the Keraniganj Hospital operated by Sajida Foundation in a poor neighbourhood of Dhaka. This is a private hospital, so patients pay for care but Sajida fulfills its humanitarian mission with a poor fund that subsidizes costs for the needy but destitute. Our site visit was the latest in a long-standing collaboration between BHP and Sajida to improve health services in Bangladesh, including hospital, home and community, and most recently, mental health care. Previous activities at the hospital have included nurse training, staff hand-washing practices and patient identification. This time the focus was the quality improvement program overall. Initially, hospital staff identified their priorities, followed by Sajida’s Quality Assurance Department sharing detailed findings from their monthly patient satisfaction surveys. All participants then discussed how to use data to strengthen priority programs such as dialysis and reproductive care. A detailed report with recommendations was the final follow-up step. It is always a pleasure to visit this hospital because the leadership is so positive and obviously respected by the care staff.

Dr. Tariqul Islam Head of Sajida Hospital with Alex Berland

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Recently, IUBAT BSN grad, Roshani Kandel RN DNP donated funds to create a scholarship for undergraduate nursing students in honour of Dr. Karen Lund, the Canadian volunteer who served over a decade as inaugural College of Nursing Director. Roshani wrote, “Since completing my DNP, I am living my dream nursing career as a preventative primary care provider for the neediest population in Iowa. It’s all because of the quality of the BSN program. Karen, I’m trying my best in each step with your guidance and blessings. We would be grateful if you would let us honor you with this scholarship fund. It would give a great vibe and inspiration for IUBAT nursing students in the future.” In the photo, BHP Directors Alex Berland and John Richards present Roshani’s donation to IUBAT Vice Chancellor, Dr. Abdur Rab and Treasurer, Prof. Selina Nargis. Please contact us if you would like to contribute to a nursing scholarship at IUBAT.

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Cataract surgery for ultra-poor residents

We rely on donations to support various health services for vulnerable people living in Balagram village. These include

·         financial assistance to ultra-poor individuals for medical treatment (e.g. schizophrenia medication and cataract surgery).

·         operating costs of a primary care clinic to provide village residents (adults and children) with basic health screening to manage chronic illness and disability

·         teacher support in OfP’s primary school and two early learning centres so that village children can learn how to maintain healthy lifestyles.

Rehabilitation support for disabled children

You can make donations to BHP through Vancouver’s Mid-Main Community Health Centre, at this link. Please indicate that your donation is for the Bangladesh Health Project.

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