This year's slogan is #HealthForAll but in rural Bangladesh health care services are scarce and 90% of the mothers that come to The Sreepur Village are from these areas, and because of their financial circumstances, they cannot afford food let alone health care.
In the grounds of The Sreepur Village there is a hospital and under the public health department we have one programme coordinator and three skilled nurses.
The Public Health Department provides better health care services to more than 150 women and over 400 children during their 3-year stay in The Sreepur Village. We focus on health awareness programmes, scabies and de-worming programmes, and eye and dental camps.
The Public Health Department is staffed by various health professionals- a public health specialist, physiotherapist, nurse and cleaners and we choose to focus on prevention of ill-health rather than curing sickness. The primary goal of this department is to provide primary health care to mothers and their children by ensuring clinical support (to assess the symptoms, and then diagnose their health related issues by providing them with the proper treatment) as well as providing different types of health programme (health sessions and training, counselling on health issues) for disease prevention.
The Public health department also strives to control water borne and food borne diseases by hand washing sanitation practice, providing safe drinking water as well as ensuring a hygienic environment. Our water is tested by ICDDRB bi-annually.
To give you an idea, the monthly salary for a nurse in The Sreepur Village is 15000 Taka, which is approximately £135. Medicines cost The Sreepur Village 40,000 Taka (£362) and the annual cost of a GK First Aid session costs 60,000 taka (£544).
The Sreepur Village believes that providing their mothers and children with the greatest wealth is providing them at first with the greatest health.
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Life can sometimes throw unimaginable challenges at us, but it's the human spirit's resilience and determination that can lead to remarkable stories of triumph.
Lia's life is a testament to this spirit, marked by adversity, courage, and ultimate success. Lia's story draws parallels to other stories of perseverance, and highlights the crucial role of organisations like Sreepur Village in transforming lives.
Out of the blue, at the tender age of 13, Chia found herself sitting on a bridal stage, about to marry a man who was 35 years old. Her parents had arranged the match, finding the man from their nearby locality in Bhairab.
He was a small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) businessman who occasionally sold vegetables and fruits on the street. Chia's aspirations and youthful dreams were abruptly interrupted by this sudden marriage. Instead of books, she found herself with kitchen utensils in her hands. She went from feeling like a princess to becoming a servant overnight.