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Dhaka

Project start | 1989

   

Free missions | 538

Dhaka

A summary of the project in Dhaka

Dates and Facts

Project begin: 1989

Number of doctors presently working there: 2

Medical missions: 7 voluntary missions in 2019. A total of 538 voluntary missions were performed by German doctors from 1989 to the end of 2019.

Patient contacts: over 20,000 treatments are performed in Dhaka annually.

Partner: The German Doctors have been active in Dhaka since 1989 and initially cooperated with the aid program of the Notre Dame College of the Holy-Cross Fathers. Although we have been independent since 1996, we still lack the final official recognition as a NGO by the local authorities. Therefore, the German Doctors have operated under the patronage of the Glory Friendship Social Welfare Organization since 2008. The Community Development Library (CDL) became the official legal entity in 2013.

Structure: Every weekday the doctors’ team drives to the Dhaka slums for half a day to hold medical consultations. Our stationary outpatient clinic in the district of Manda is open on the other half of the day. Our coworkers also run various slum schools in which 1,600 children from the very poorest backgrounds receive a basic education.

Mission sites: slums in the megacity Dhaka and a stationary out-patient clinic in the district of Manda.

Most common health problems: mal- and undernourishment, gastrointestinal diseases, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, skin diseases, and tuberculosis

Priorities: feeding Program for undernourished children and patient education at the beginning of the various consultation hours in the slums. The German Doctors also promote 4 slum schools in the surroundings of the outpatient clinic in Manda.

A summary of the project in Dhaka

Adventurous Mission on Four Wheels

Two German Doctors supported by native personnel drive to the slums and treat often severely ill people every weekday. They set up mobile outpatient clinics at different locations. Getting to these locations is extremely difficult; the doctors must often balance over narrow, makeshift paths build on stakes above sewage canals in the slums.

We have a permanent outpatient clinic in Manda in which patient education about health and nourishment is offered in addition to medical care. We hold consultations for the poor population from the surrounding area every weekday afternoon. In contrast to the mobile clinics, we have better diagnostic possibilities here. The center in Manda is offers the opportunity to better examine difficult cases from the mobile clinics in the slums. Patients with respiratory illnesses, tuberculosis, asthma, undernourishment, diarrhea, skin diseases, and chronic diseases like diabetes or hypertonia come to us. We are especially dedicated to treating children. Our aim is to reduce the high lethality among children in Bangladesh.

A summary of the project in Dhaka

Every Child has a Right to Education

The German Doctors’ Bengal coordinator, Mr. Aminul “Babul” Hoque, has been building various schools for slum children since 1991. He suffered need himself in his youth and wants to offer slum children the opportunity to go to school to give them the tools for a better future. More than 800 children attend our elementary schools and one high school to get a basic education. Classes are sometimes held in shifts to give more children a chance to attend.

Apart from education, the pupils also receive a meal to prevent undernourishment and the resulting diseases. The children at the high school in Manda can also attend a preparatory vocational course, e.g. in hairdressing or computer use. The Füssen Secondary School has actively been sponsoring the slum schools since 1999. Without external support, it would not be possible to finance this important work with the slum schools.

The exemplary story of Rabya Doly shows that there is hope. The 20-year-old grew up in the Dhaka slum and attended our school there. After graduating, she had the opportunity to study at the state university. She managed to escape the vicious cycle of poverty, illness, and hopelessness. We want to give many other slum children this chance in the future.

A summary of the project in Dhaka

Living Below the Poverty Line

The heavily urbanized megacity Dhaka has hardly any space left, and there is barely any room for the poorest of the poor. For this reason, huts are frequently built on stilts to use the space over the stinking lakes of sewage. Numerous diseases break out In such unhygienic conditions.

Slum areas keep being levelled and the inhabitants driven out. They have been secretly flattened at night even where the German Doctors had built drinking-water pumps and latrines to give the slum dwellers a minimum of hygiene.

German Doctors’ patients come from the very lowest casts. The majority of them live in slums, and many belong to the families of the city’s 800,000 rickshaw drivers who earn the equivalent of about 1-2 Euros a day.

 

Dhaka

Every donation helps!

120 Euros provides all school materials for 120 children for a whole year. 15 Euros provides a warm lunch for 5 pupils for a month. 200 Euros are needed to cover the cost of schooling for a class for 1 month. 30 Euros enables 8 patients to have a doctor’s consultation in our outpatient clinic in Dhaka. 360 Euros ensures school lunches for 10 pupils for an entire year, and they receive a warm meal on 6 days a week. 50 Euros covers the costs of medicines for more than 60 children. 480 Euros pays the salary of a teacher in Dhaka for half a year. 5 Euros a month ensures that a pupil in Dhaka can go to school and has the right to education. 80 Euros provides a month’s salary for a teacher in Dhaka.

120 Euros provides all school materials for 120 children for a whole year.

15 Euros provides a warm lunch for 5 pupils for a month.

200 Euros are needed to cover the cost of schooling for a class for 1 month.

30 Euros enables 8 patients to have a doctor’s consultation in our outpatient clinic in Dhaka.

360 Euros ensures school lunches for 10 pupils for an entire year, and they receive a warm meal on 6 days a week.

50 Euros covers the costs of medicines for more than 60 children.

480 Euros pays the salary of a teacher in Dhaka for half a year.

5 Euros a month ensures that a pupil in Dhaka can go to school and has the right to education.

80 Euros provides a month’s salary for a teacher in Dhaka.

German Doctors help worldwide

We believe in the right of every human being to get medical care no matter their origin. Therefore our volunteer German Doctors offer medical treatments in developing countries for the poorest of the poor. Whether people infected with HIV, undernourished children deficiency syndromes or people with chronic diseases, we help everyone who needs help.

Our doctors work during their annual leave or retirement for a period of six weeks and waive any compensation. More than 7000 missions with more than 3200 doctors were completed since 1983.

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