Bangladesh: Corona hits one of the poorest countries the hardest

Bangladesh is the project country with the highest corona numbers in which we are currently active – the reason for this is the high population density, the prevailing poverty and the lack of health care, especially for the ultra-poor.

With 161 million people, Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. In addition, about 40 percent of the people live below the national poverty line. This makes Bangladesh one of the poorest countries in the world. Health care is inadequate and maternal and child mortality is high. Due to the large number of very poor people in the population and the fact that medical care is charged – these ultra-poor people are excluded from health care.

Our main goal – free health care

The work of Cap Anamur / Deutsche Not-Ärzte e.V. started in Bangladesh already in 2007, when we provided emergency aid for the victims of cyclone Sidr.

Since then we have been on site continuously and our main goal is to provide health care for the poorest people in the country, especially women and children, who mostly have no access to the health system.

Therefore, we have signed cooperation agreements with currently four governmental and three non-governmental health care institutions throughout the country. These agreements stipulate that the facilities will treat destitute patients free of charge, thus opening up the healthcare system to the country’s poorest people. In return, we provide the facilities with all necessary medicines, supplies, medical instruments, and technical equipment.

Especially for the country’s severely disadvantaged women, this offer represents a rare opportunity for adequate medical care, on which they are primarily dependent during pregnancy.

Our work is more important than ever before.

Bangladesh is the project country with the highest corona numbers in which we are currently active. The high population density, prevailing poverty and inadequate health care contribute to the still very high infection rates.

Although Bangladesh reacted quickly to the corona pandemic with an early lockdown, this meant that the high number of day laborers could no longer pursue their work and could no longer provide themselves and their families. As a result, the living conditions of the ultra-poor and their medical care have worsened once again.

Despite the circumstances caused by the Corona pandemic, we were there for the poorest people in Bangladesh with our cooperating hospitals. And currently the provision of free medical care is more important than ever.

To this day, we have also distributed about 70,000 protective masks to the population. This measure is very important because masks are still in short supply in Bangladesh and the poorest people cannot afford them.

With our project coordinators on site, we are always informed about the latest developments and can therefore adapt our measures to the situation.

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