Living on the Margins of Society

The meaning of the term poverty is widely known. Some became aware of it through personal experience, media or the encounter with a poor person. A significantly smaller group of people is aware of the existence of ultra-poverty and its members, the poorest of the poor. These are the people living on the margins of society, denied any social and governmental securities and caught in a daily struggle for survival. Their housing situation is miserable. The majority of the ultra-poor lives on the streets or resides in small self-constructed huts made out of corrugated sheets and cardboard boxes. There is a shortage of every vital factor: food, water, electricity, access to education or medicine, and even clothing. Ultra-poor is currently the denomination of approximately 30 million people in Bangladesh alone. Although being present in big cities, their hardship remains largely unnoted by others. The ones born into this extreme form of poverty have only a slight chance of escaping the enormous distress.

The billable medical aid in Bangladesh results in the death of many suffering from otherwise easily curable diseases. The most dramatic example is childbirth. Considering the high pricing of hospitals many women are forced into home childbirth under disastrous sanitary conditions and absent professional supervision. The mortality rate of mothers and children is correspondingly high.

These are the reasons why we support four governmental and non-governmental hospitals in Bangladesh. Our cooperation consists of supplying the facilities with pharmaceuticals and consumables, making sure that in return the medical coverage of the country’s poorest people is guaranteed. Last year alone Cap Anamur provided 213.690 free of cost – medical treatments for the ultra-poor.