Standard Chartered Bangladesh is funding Bidyanonda Foundation’s floating hospital ‘Jibon Kheya’ to ensure essential health and medical care for 10,000 beneficiaries of char and coastal communities. Specialist doctors, nurses, medical officers, pharmacists and other health workers will provide healthcare to patients in the remote areas of Khulna, Bagerhat, Barisal, Patuakhali, Bhola, Laxmipur, Noakhali in this floating hospital.
Jibon Kheya will travel the country by rivers for 40 (forty) days and organize health camps in 29 areas. As part of this program, patients in each health camp in the remote areas will get access to quality medical services such as health check-up, medical prescription, expert consultation etc. In addition, they will be provided with medicines and nutritious food items throughout the week. Patients who undergo treatment at health camps or Jibon Kheya will get post-treatment support through call-center services.
In this context, Standard Chartered Bangladesh CEO Nasser Ejaz Bijay said, “People in the remote areas of our country urgently need essential services and our support to face the adversities caused by climate change.
‘Jibon Kheya’ will help bring healthcare to people in remote areas of Bangladesh – taking us one step further in ensuring that no one is left behind. We are delighted to have Bidyanonda Foundation on board to make this initiative a success.”
Kishore Kumar Das, chairman of Bidyanonda Foundation, said, “Char area residents of coastal areas have to spend thousands just on transport to get urban healthcare. Funded by Standard Chartered, this floating hospital ‘Jibon Kheya’ will bring modern medical services to the doorsteps of more than 10,000 people. This initiative will ensure access to healthcare for thousands of poor patients affected by the adverse effects of climate change”.
As a long-term partner of the country, Standard Chartered has consistently been associated with Bangladesh’s inspiring story of growth and resilience. For more than 118 years, the Bank has been dedicated to trade and development through investment in the country, expanding services to promote greater inclusion and creating new opportunities for stakeholders. For many years Standard Chartered’s community engagement and sustainability initiatives are economic empowerment; improving access to health, education, financial literacy; support agricultural innovation; promotion of sports, arts and culture as drivers of positive social transformation; And fighting climate change has focused on engagement.
Bidyanonda Foundation is a non-profit organization registered under Social Service Department of Bangladesh. Bidyanonda Foundation conducts various essential social welfare activities aimed at helping the underprivileged people across the country.