Population: 164.7 million
Bangladesh suffers from a shortage of health workers and poor geographic distribution of those workers. Health workers are concentrated in urban hospitals, although 70% of the population lives in rural areas. Major challenges include high turnover and absenteeism of health workers and poor maintenance of health facilities and medical equipment.
- There are an estimated 3.05 physicians per 10,000 population and 1.07 nurses per 10,000 population (estimates based on MoHFW HRD 2011).
- Infant mortality rate (per 1,000 live birth): 43
- Under-5 mortality rate (per 1,000 live birth): 54
*Estimates Developed by the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UNICEF, WHO, World Bank, UN DESA Population Division)
We have been present in Bangladesh since 2014, in partnership with the NGO Friendship. Friendship operates via hospital boats to provide consultations and minor surgery for the local population. In 2018, Friendship opened a hospital in Shyamnagar for more complex operations and USFC provided the technical and training support.
- We carried out 4 surgical training missions: orthopedic, plastic, visceral and cardiology. We also provided consultations in general medicine.
- In total, 464 people were treated and 93 received operations.
- An additional four missions in the south focused on medical and surgical training at the Friendship hospital in Shyamnagar. Specialty training courses included maternal health, gynecology, hygiene, pharmaceuticals and general consults. During this visit, 165 consults were carried out.
In March 2015, an orthopedic consultation mission was carried out by USFC led by Professor Jean-François Mallet, a French orthopedic surgeon. The mission was tailored specifically for children with Cerebral palsy. During this mission, more than 50 patients were examined, while medical personnel were trained on diagnosis and parents of patients were educated on simple rehabilitation and physical therapy manipulations. In 2018, Dr. Mallet and his mission returned and they were able to observe the patients again for any changes.
In 2016, a mission was organized to evaluate the progress of hospital construction in Shyamnagar, as well as its needs for health care personnel and equipment. In tandem with this mission, USFC organized an assessment of the medical activity onboard Friendship hospital ships and carried out standard health examinations for more than 150 patients. In 2018, an additional four missions in the south focused on medical and surgical training at the Friendship hospital in Shyamnagar. Specialty training courses included maternal health, gynecology, hygiene, pharmaceuticals and general consults. During this visit, 165 consults were carried out.
In April 2015, USFC organized a mission in collaboration with a Bangladeshi partner institution, Friendship, to rehabilitate one of their three hospital ships and train local medical staff. WASH education and awareness sessions were also organized.