No Health Care Access can Mean the Difference between Life and Death
The primary focus of ECHO is to make a positive difference in the lives of the poor and needy people in developing countries, particularly Bangladesh. We have established three projects under the umbrella project of Healthcare and Emergency Relief. These projects include providing healthcare for Mothers and Children, Arsenic-free Water and Sanitation Facilities, and emergency relief during natural disasters.
In order to provide underprivileged mothers and their children with preventative and curative care, ECHO established the Satellite Health Center in Pallabi, Mirpur, Bangladesh. Additionally, the center provides health and nutrition education, HIV/AIDS awareness, and pre and postnatal care. In fact, in 2007, a UNICEF study found that only 51% and 18% of women receive pre and postnatal care, respectively, in Bangladesh. This study also showed that 41% of children under the age of 5 are underweight and that there is a 0.061% mortality rate for children in this age group. Thus, the need for a Healthcare and Emergency Relief project is imperative to helping out the economically disadvantaged in Bangladesh.
To improve these statistics and the overall healthcare in Bangladesh, ECHO’s Satellite Heath Center not only provides services to treat illnesses, but also provides diagnostic services, including ultra-sonograms and routine blood, urine and stool tests. Patients are also provided with free medicine and Vitamin A supplements. All of these services are possible with just one doctor, one lab technician, one nurse, and one field worker. Because of the generosity of our donors, we have been able to greatly increase the number of beneficiaries of this project over the years.