Aims & Objectives

 

Initial Target – Phase one

Our target initially is to provide free consultation to the poorest people in Bangladesh. We plan to offer free consultation services one day per week at an office space to be acquired/rented in the Biswanath Sylhet area.

Treatments/medicines to be paid for by the patient. Up to 50% of the cost of medicines may be claimed via a token system in some circumstances dependant on the patient’s financial status.

In the event of a serious or critical finding by the consultant, the patient can then be referred directly to a hospital emergency department.

We also propose a basic health and nutrition and hygiene educational program to help keep the poor better informed, and to provide information about dental care and immunisation etc.

 

Why Biswanath?

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Sylhet is one of Bangladesh's most important spiritual and cultural centres with about 10 million inhabitants.

Biswanath is the nearest sub-district to the south west of the city. It is also easily accessible via major routes to Dhaka etc. It is located between Sylhet City and Jagannathpur Tana.
Chittagong and Dhaka divisions are respectively to the southeast and southwest.

One of the founding trustees has worked as a Dr in this area for some 18 years and understands the Biswanath very well, along with many other healthcare professionals in the area.


Work for the people especially deprived people in Biswanath,  Sylhet in Bangladesh in order to provide the healthcare facility and later elsewhere throughout Bangladesh.

  • Support children and adult alike.
  • Provide basic level healthcare.
  • Provide medical consultation and treatment.
  • To organise health camps in remote areas.
  • To offer allergy awareness programs to Bangladeshi people resident in the UK.

Medium Term Target – Phase Two.

Our target initially is to provide free consultation to those in the remote rural areas. We plan to offer free consultation services one day per week at an office space to be acquired/rented in Biswantah, Sylhet.

Treatments/medicines to be paid for by the patient. Up to 100% of the cost of medicines may be claimed via a token system in some circumstances dependant on the patient’s financial status.

In the event of the serious or critical finding by the consultant, the patient can then be referred directly to a hospital emergency department.

On-going  basic health and nutrition and hygiene educational programs  to help keep the poor better informed, and to provide information about dental care and immunisation etc.


Long Term Target – Phase Three

Is to establish a UK standard Hospital with a Specialist Allergy and Asthma Unit in Biswanath, Sylhet with testing and research facility.  Paying clients fees would act as a revenue stream for the on-going costs of providing free consultation and testing for the poorest and possibly reduced cost or free travel tokens for those in remote areas.

An additional proposal is to introduce a system of healthcare funded by:

1. Charitable donation and supply and service sponsorship.

2. A system of small clinics providing such services (as example only and not limited to,) cosmetic dentistry, x-ray services, allergy testing, and various other services.
These clinics would be self-funding once each clinic is working and should only require material investment initially through the charity’s fund raising and sponsorship or through our own input.

3. Diagnostic services such as blood sample and urine testing and analysis.

The proceeds from paying clients at any facility is to be fed directly back into providing free or ultra-low cost services for the poor.

We would like to create a free national healthcare system. We would like to introduce a system whereby each patient is given a national insurance number via bar coded or other electronic system for identification, and possibly a DNA test performed on each patient for definitive ID purposes, and all data about the patient to be stored electronically.  Whilst we are aware that computerised patient data systems are rare in Bangladesh, we believe that we should ‘start as we mean to go’ and incorporate modern western systems where possible.

From time to time, we would pick a number of patients with severe life-threatening symptoms and sponsor their entire treatment programs as a part of our on-going marketing.

 

Footnote:

Allergy Bangladesh is an initiative of the £1 Hospital, with its own website but should not be treated as a separate entity.