ECHO partners with several well-established Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) in Bangladesh to deliver health care services to the most vulnerable people. ECHO also funds medical equipment for partner hospitals in rural areas. We eliminate the cost and time required for patients to travel far away from their communities which can be a great burden for these underprivileged people. Some of the healthcare services provided by ECHO through our local partners are described below.
Healthcare for Pregnant and Nursing Mothers
Even though childhood malnutrition has been declining in Bangladesh, child and maternal health in economically disadvantaged communities continues to be a major concern. As a result, child and maternal health care has become an important focus of ECHO's health programs. ECHO works to ensure healthy pregnancies and deliveries through reproductive health education, training for birth attendants, and providing antenatal/postnatal care by medically-trained providers.
Improving Child Nutrition and Health
Our healthcare programs build awareness of child health issues by informing local communities about immunization, providing cost reimbursement for consultations and prescriptive medication, and educating caregivers on proper home care. Our programs also cover education for local doctors.
In each of our camps, ECHO’s partner hospitals organize teams of trained medical staff, including eye specialists. The health camps are organized into three sections: 1) Registration of patients & routine checking (medical history, recording health problems, checking blood pressure, weight, temperature, etc.), 2) General treatment, prescription and medicine distribution, 3) Diagnosis and treatment of eyesight problems. Patients requiring minor operations are admitted and operated on within the health camps.
Health camps sponsored by ECHO also participate in special health campaigns in response to widespread medical emergencies. One example is the distribution of Hygiene Packages in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hygiene packets are distributed in areas designated to be in or near red zones. Other activities include raising awareness on precautions and hygienic practices to prevent the spread of Covid-19 as well as other common viruses. Proper hygienic practices have a significant impact in reducing a variety of diseases.