Paramedics show the way

How hun­dreds of vil­lages in Bangladesh have over­come child and ma­ter­nal mor­tal­ity 10 years be­fore the MDG dead­line

Down to Earth - - GOOD NEWS - KUN­DAN PANDEY |

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

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