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Health Program

 

Good health is necessary for a healthy life. It needs proper care to keep health nourished. The main key to building a poverty-free country is to make the poor people active in production through protecting their health. SSS has been implementing health program since 1996 in order to ensure health consciousness and health services for the poor, destitute and trailing people.

The goal of health program is to ensure healthiness of everyone through providing healthcare services to all from grass-root to uproot level and also ensuring health services for all through modern treatment at a low cost.

The main objectives of health program are briefly presented in the following points:                  

  • Making target people aware of food-nutrition, health services, diseases etc. through different meetings, seminars and trainings;
  • Extending health services to the doorstep of people through static and satellite clinics;

 

  • Ensuring safe motherhood preventing maternal and child mortality;

 

  • Taking special measures to ensure health development of children and adolescents and their normal growth;

 

  • Providing necessary healthcare to old and vulnerable people; and

 

  • Making sex workers conscious about health education and HIV/AIDS; ensuring healthcare and medical treatment along with health education for the child-workers, domestic children and children of sex-workers.

 

SSS Hospital:

With the passage of time, medical system and technology experiences a revolutionary change. But in the stream of changes, poor and neglected people are deprived of modern healthcare services in most part. With a view to making health services more dynamic and providing modern medical services to the doorstep of the target people, SSS launched hospital activities in 1998. A 50-bed hospital was established on its own land in Tangail Sadar in 2002. The hospital was registered with the Government in 2004.

 

 

 

No. of

Beds

No. of Doctors

No. of Nurses

No. of Technical Staff

Services Recipients (patients)

Non-operative

Operative

Total

50

06

11

05

14,021

1,120

15,141

 

In 2015-2016, a total of 15,141 patients were directly treated from SSS Hospital. Among them 6,222 were gynecological, 1,023 cardiac, 154 pediatric, 1,147 medicine, 1,342 physiotherapy, 1,331 antenatal, 822 postnatal and 358 others patients.

 

Under the supervision of SSS hospital 17 sub-health centers have been working presently in 17 unions under five Upazilas of Tangail district. Among them, five sub-health centers are being operated with financial support from TdH-Netherlands under Mother and Child Health Care Project, 10 are being funded by SSS itself and the remaining two with financial support from PKSF. It is pertinent to mention here, on 31 December 2015 the Mother and Child Health Care Project was phased out by TdH-Netherlands.

 

Information on SSS Hospital and patients in 2015-2016 are presented in table-3.1 below:

A nurse checks up pressure of a patient and doctor prescribes at SSS Hospital

 

Eye Department

A full-fledged Eye Department was introduced in a separate building under SSS Hospital considering the demand of target people. Eye department has been well-equipped with modern sophisticated appliances and surgical instruments with financial support from TdH-Netherlands. Here the patients get eye treatment at a low cost under the superintendence of an eye specialist. There are also reliable facilities of Phaco surgery, examining eyes with computer, well-equipped operation theatre and proper eye treatment in case of any problem in eyes.

 

In 2015-2016, a total of 750 eye-patients took treatments from SSS Hospital Eye Department where 129 persons were operative and 621 non-operative patients.  

 

In addition to eye treatment at the hospital eye camps are organized at the grassroots under SSS health program. Necessary prescriptions are provided to the patients in these camps. They also provide referral services identifying properly the patients for operation. If necessary, patients undergo operation at a nominal cost. A number of poor people have been benefitted by getting medical treatment from eye department of SSS Hospital.

 

Cap: A doctor tests a patient’s eye at an eye-camp

 

Health Services Provided

During 2015-2016, beneficiaries have been made conscious of food-nutrition, good health and demerits of different diseases through health education and discussion meetings according to the planning of health program. Sub-health centers under Mother and Child Healthcare project have organized static and mobile clinics. A total of 38,680 people have received services from static clinics and mobile clinics.

 

Services to Pregnant and Parturient Mothers

Providing necessary healthcare services to pregnant and parturient mothers occupies a very significant role in SSS health program. In fact target people, poor pregnant and progenitress receive the services in greater number at a very low cost. Pregnant patients and lactating mothers are being checked up at SSS Hospital, static clinics and mobile clinics regularly. As a result pregnant and lactating mothers have become much more conscious of their children's healthcare. As a result unexpected death of mother and child is being reduced at an expected rate.

 

In 2015-2016, sums of 4,758 pregnant and parturient mothers were provided necessary services.   

 

Cap: A parturient mother takes healthcares from a community mobile clinic

 

Deworming Activities

 

Deworming program is implemented with a view to protecting health of the beneficiaries and making their productivity dynamic. All the members of families excluding pregnant mothers, lactating patients and infants of 1 to 2 years of age were fed anthelminthics every six months in the working area. Implementation of the program is still running in selected areas of the organization.

 

 

In 2015-2016, a total of 45,919 persons were fed with anthelminthics under the activities; of them 20,628 were female, 16,923 male and 8,314 children.

 

Family Planning Activities

 

Family planning has no alternative in building poverty-free happy families. Family planning is one the most important tasks of development friendly activities. As a part of activities, fertile couples are motivated through group meetings and courtyard sittings. They are made aware of adopting different methods of family planning, the advantages and probabilities of small families and also disadvantages and risk of big families in these meetings and sittings.

 

A total of 16,450 fertile couples were included in this program during 2015-2016. Of them, 10,789 couples have chosen family planning procedures and as a result, unexpected conceiving and abortion have reduced.    

Nutrition Related Activities

 

Children are future of the nation. Malnutrition is the main obstacle on the way of physical growth for the children of poor families. Nutrition related activities of SSS provide counsels and supports related to nutrition to every selected family. According to the planning, all babies’ growth ranging from 0-3 years of age was monitored every month. From the monitoring, nutrition condition of the children was categorized into certain grade. Mothers of inadequate nutrition grade were provided with necessary counsels to alleviate the malnutrition of their children.

 

During 2015-2016, a total of 3,413 children of ideal weight, A-Grade and B-Grade altogether 2,416 children were free from any kind of malnutrition problems. Mothers of 801 children of B-Grade, 128 of AB Grade and 68 of C Grade were motivated so that they did not deviate from their present statuses and could gradually embrace their (children) respective upper grades as-well.  

 

Expanded Program on Immunization and NID Activities

Immunization is a dependable activity of modern medical system. If children are vaccinated systematically, it can play a significant role in increasing anti-body, reducing child mortality and preventing chronic and infectious diseases. Under the project mothers were made aware of vaccination for their infants in order to bring infants aged from 0-1 year under EPI. The families were advised to receive all vaccines within one year. Similarly all target infants of 0-5 years are being brought under national immunization program. As a result the rate of taking vaccination increased substantially.

 

In 2015-2016, a total of 995 infants were vaccinated whereas 5,082 children were fed with vitamin ‘A’ under this activities.

 

 

Anemia Prevention Activities

 

Anemia is a common problem in poor and working class families. With a view to keep poor people free from this problem, SSS has been implementing Anemia Prevention Activities. Medical Assistants from 17 static clinics provide the services of investigating anemia of the patients through haemometre at nominal charges. Identifying the anemic patients, they distribute iron tablets, folic acid tablets and diet sheet freely among the patients. Target people are getting concerned gradually owing to this kind of activities.

 

During 2015-2016, sum of 36,000 families counseled and 3,812 people were treated through providing iron tablets, folic acid tablets and diet.

 

Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation Activities

We need Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation system for building good health and development-expecting families. The target people are motivated regularly about the use of safe drinking water and sanitary latrine. Under the credit program poor families are provided with microcredit to install tube-wells and sanitary latrines. The borrower families have been benefitted by using sanitary latrines and drinking safe water.

 

In 2015-2016, a total of 36,000 families were made aware about safe drinking water and sanitation and in the selected area 36,000 families use tube-well and 33,680 families sanitary latrine.

 

Primary Healthcare Program

SSS started primary healthcare activities from 1 February 2016 with a view to providing beneficiaries with health education, ensuring medical services at a low cost and protecting themselves from financial losses caused by treatment and maltreatment. The program is running on the own fund of the organization. Primarily, the activities are being implemented in 22 branches of Tangail and Kurigram district.

 

Objectives of primary healthcare program include:

  • Medical treatment to pregnant and parturient mothers;
  • Reproductive healthcare to the children and adolescents;
  • Nutrition, cleanliness, using safe water and sanitation;
  • Immunization program and behavioral change;
  • Birth registration of children and increasing consciousness to prevent child marriage
  • Providing preventive and curative services through arranging static and satellite clinics; and
  • Referring patients to appropriate health centers in case of chronic diseases.
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In order to get the services of the program, a beneficiary have to pay 100 taka as service charge compulsorily once a year at the time of taking credit. They also have to pay Tk. 50 as fee for the identification of a specific disease. On the other hand, patients who are not members of the organization must pay Tk. 50 as medical fee at the time of getting treatment in the satellite clinics.

There is a medical assistant engaged in every branch. They provide primary healthcare to the members and borrowers at group level in the morning and in the office from 2 pm to 5 pm every day. Every branch arranges satellite or static clinic at least once a week in order to provide healthcare services. Specialized doctors of SSS Hospital provide overall assistance in proper implementation of the activity.

Necessary information on the program from 1 February 2016 to 30 June 2016 is shown below:

 

Information on Primary Healthcares Program

No. of Branches

No. of Medical Assistants

No. of Beneficiaries

No. of Medical Camps

No. of Patients

No. of Primary Healthcares Recipients

No. of Referred Patients

23

22

46,810

76

2,378

16,128

1,075

 

 

Nation-Building through Eradicating Malnutrition (NEM)

 

Malnutrition is a great obstacle on the way of development. A nourished family possesses a good income as well as healthy livelihood quality. SSS has been implementing the Nation-Building through Eradicating Malnutrition (NEM) project since September 2012. The project is being implemented on pilot basis in Dainna Union of Tangail Sadar.

The objectives of the project include:

  • Identifying the direct victims of malnutrition and arranging treatment in accordance with such diseases;
  • Financially assisting to undertake income generating activities;
  • Making women concerned about nutrition and balanced diet in-take; and
  • Providing financial and technical assistance to the target people in order to increase nutrition-supply through agricultural production.

 

The project has already carried out a baseline survey as project implementation device. In addition, in the working area, the project started sensitizing beneficiaries about nutrition, balanced food, production and supply of food-nutrition, production of nutritious food both domestically and commercially, demerits of malnutrition and other related issues through different discussion meetings and workshops. A good number of group members at grassroots have taken loan facilities and already started small scale vegetable gardening, livestock and poultry rearing and fruit gardening targeting and enhancing nutritional status and supply of balanced diet.

Information on the activities performed under NEM during 2015-2016 fiscal year is appended in the following table:  

Information on NEM Project

Nutrition Counseling

 

Supply of Elements/Assistances

Assistance in Setting up Garden/Firm

Training on Vegetable Cultivation

 

Meeting

 

Camp

Vegetable

Saplings

Fruit Saplings

 

Poultry

Pheromone Trap

 

Vegetable

 

Lemon

 

Livestock

No. of Training

 

Participants

828

3965

1945

134

332

1097

48

449

3

61

 

As direct consequence of the activity, members of the target families have become much more conscious about balanced diet, nutrition and health. Concerned workers, nutritionists, agri-specialists, fishery experts and IGA officers are providing overall support to the group members. The all out effort of everyone has been gradually developing the project.