WWC/ Ôab¨ev` commenced Health Program with a goal to deliver necessary healthcare services to the people predominantly underprivileged and the poor living in the backward, hard-to-reach and remote areas of the country. Currently, the program covers an out of 64 districts of the country providing service to about seven million people.
To mitigate menace of communicable and non-communicable diseases by early intervention and promoting healthy lifestyle.
To reduce the frequency of diseases like diarrhoea, dysentery, pneumonia, jaundice (hepatitis), skin diseases, malnutrition, maternal and infant mortality etc. through providing healthcare service and creating awareness. The following services are currently offered by the WWC/ Ôab¨ev`Õ Health Program.
o Primary Healthcare Program
o Integrated Health and Education Program
o Health Awareness Program
o Physiotherapy Program
In addition to the above mentioned activities, under the umbrella of WWC Health Program Union health centers are also being operated in all districts.
To facilitate essential healthcare services to the poor WW sets up all Union Primary Healthcare Centers in hard to reach areas across the country. Each center has a manpower comprising a Medical Assistant, 4-5 Health Assistants and a medical sales corner. These Centers are offering primary healthcare service to the patients and necessary medicines at subsidized prices. Besides, some diagnostic facilities like RBS, Pgtat etc are also being provided by these centers. WWC Primary Healthcare Centers, in brief, are offering the following services to the patients.
o Ante natal care (Care of pregnant mother).
o Post-natal care (Care of the lactating mother).
o Treatment of the common communicable and non-communicable diseases.
o Health education.
o Emergency care of the patients with injury
o Blood sugar test, Urine sugar test and Pregnancy test.
o Necessary medicine at subsidized rate.
In addition, satellite health camps are often arranged for the patients living far-flung and remote areas.
The program has been launched with a view to render primary but essential healthcare services to the doorsteps of the poor and the underprivileged. All Shastho Sebikas (Health Assistant) work under an WW Branch to offer health facilities that include measuring blood pressure, checking temperature, blood sugar, body weight and especially monitoring growth of children up to five years of age. The Shasotho Sebikas visit the WWC groups thrice a week and render services there. Integrated Health and Health Health Education Program is presently implemented in 300 branches of WW and 700,000 patients were provided treatment and health tips by this program up to February,2020.
Under this program healthcare facilities delivered to the target people are as follows.
|Sl#||Month||Topic of discussion|
|1.||January||Personal and Environmental hygiene|
|2.||February||Safe water and prevention of water borne diseases|
|3.||March||Hand wash and disease prevention|
|4.||April||Sanitary toilet uses and hand wash|
|5.||May||Prevention of diarrhea and worm infestation|
|6.||June||Immunization and its necessity|
|7.||July||Balanced diet at low cost and prevention of malnutrition|
|9.||September||Smoking that causes health risk|
|10.||October||Health related misconceptions|
|11.||November||Family planning and its necessity|
|12.||December||Awareness for health and welfare of the old people.|
WWC has been providing financial assistance to Ôab¨ev`Õ Palli Shastho Kendro (a rural health Centre) located in Union Outlet Centre’s a northern district of the country. This is the two third remote areas of Bangladesh. The inhabitants of that areas are mainly poor and underprivileged deprived of the least healthcare facilities. The Centre has doctors, medical assistants providing treatment to the patients of the locality. WWC supports with financial aid amounting to TK. 4, 80,000.00 per annum to the Centre. Several thousand patients are getting healthcare facilities by the Centre each year.