28. September 2020 Project reports, Bangladesh

Corona Hits One of the Poorest Countries Worst

Our outreach in Bangladesh: We continue to partner with local health facilities on a continuous basis to provide care for the country's poorest people.

Wartende Patienten im Generalhospital und Spezialklinik von Prof. Dr. Moazzem Hossain.
High population density, poverty and inadequate health care

Bangladesh is our current project country with the highest Corona infection numbers – the reason for this is the high population density, the prevailing poverty and the inadequate health care, especially for the so-called ultra poor.

Our main goal – free health care, especially for the so-called 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, maternal and infant mortality is high. Due to the high number of very poor people in the population and a costly medical care – these Ultra Poors are excluded from health care.

Mutter und Kind im Hospital Kalai in Kalai.
Cap Anamur has been active in the country since 2007 – in cooperation with local health facilities

The work of Cap Anamur / German Emergency Doctors e.V. began in Bangladesh back in 2007. At that time, we provided emergency aid to the victims of cyclone Sidr. Since then, we have been consistently on the ground and our main goal is to provide health care to the poorest people in the country, especially women and children, most of whom do not have access to the health care system.

Cap Anamur provides medicines, supplies, medical instruments and technical equipment.

As a result, we currently have cooperative agreements with four government-operated and three non-government-operated healthcare facilities throughout the country. They stipulate that the facilities treat indigent patients free of charge, thus opening up the health care system to the country’s poorest people. In return, we supply the facilities with all the necessary medicines, supplies, medical instruments and technical equipment. Particularly for women who are severely disadvantaged throughout the country, this offer represents a rare opportunity for adequate medical care, on which they depend primarily during pregnancy.

Very high infection rates: Our work is more important than ever.

Bangladesh is the project country with the highest Corona numbers where we are currently active.
Although Bangladesh responded quickly to the Corona pandemic through an early lockdown, this prevented the high number of day laborers from pursuing their employment and supporting themselves and their families. This has further worsened both the living situation of the ultra poor and their medical care.
We have been – despite the circumstances around the Corona pandemic – consistently there for the poorest people in Bangladesh with our cooperating hospitals. And currently, providing free health care is more important than ever.

A donation directly contributes to improving medical care in Bangladesh.