August 20, 2009

Telemedicine Service to Monga Hit People

People of monga hit char areas (river islands) in five northern districts Jamalpur, Sirajganj, Bogra, Gaibandha and Kurigram will receive telemedicine service soon. An agreement to this effect was signed between the Char Livelihood Program (CLP) funded by UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the GrameenPhone in the city yesterday to provide the service with the technical assistance of EngenderHealth.

Under the agreement GrameenPhone will provide 400 cell phones at a reduced rate to CLP char health workers. The specially tailored cell phone network will be used for consultation between the health workers, CLP paramedics, doctors and EngenderHealth medical experts for telemedicine purposes. The phones will also be used for giving health and nutrition-related advices to island dwellers.

Being implemented by Maxwell Stamp Ltd, the main focus of CLP is to improve the livelihood of poor char dwellers in five districts
along the river Jamuna and Brahmaputra. Maxwell Stamp Ltd is implementing the CLP with the assistance of 18 local NGOs.

The NGOs have been operating 212 satellite health clinics at char areas each month, providing healthcare services to nearly 1,94,000 patients since last one year. Majority of the patients are women seeking family planning advice, services and essential care for newborns. Because of poor communication system it becomes difficult to provide health facilities to these people. Now this problem will be solved to some extent with the help of telemedicine.

One of the primary aims of CLP is to develop sustainable livelihood and secure household income. CLP also promotes access to education and employment during monga, improvement of infrastructure to cope with natural disasters and provides emergency grants during disasters.


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