Paramedics show the way
How hundreds of villages in Bangladesh have overcome child and maternal mortality 10 years before the MDG deadline
Tin their late 20s, knock WO GIRLS, on the door of Subhash Barman, a fisherman living in Gopinathpur Malopada village,about 35 km from Dhaka. The family welcomes them warmly. Shilpi Barman, wife of Subhash, is in her seventh month of pregnancy.These girls cut Shilpi’s nails and check her blood pressure. They then inspect her bedroom to check whether the bedsheets are clean and also collect her urine sample.
These girls are paramedics from Gonoshasthaya Kendra (GK), a non-profit, which provides community healthcare to the marginalised. Started in 1972, GK has today reached more than 1.5 million rural people in 647 villages through over 1,100 employees, 43 primary health centres
KUNDAN PANDEY / CSE Paramedics visit ailing people at their homes