EXPLORE A SELECTION OF OUR PROJECTS IN THE FIELD.
Our work with the poor began with Healthcare, but it soon became clear that to make a lasting impact on people’s lives we had to resolve other issues at the same time to break the cycle of poverty. Below is a selection of some of the services and help we offer communities in otherwise inaccessible areas of Bangladesh.
Cataracts, cleft palate, club foot and burn contractures are some of the conditions seen frequently amongst the char inhabitants. We organize regular free health camps where specialists (local and foreign) operate and treat these patients in our hospital ships.
There is a huge lack of care for cervical cancer in hard to reach areas although it is prevalent among Bangladeshi women. We are proud to play a part in raising awareness and helping treat the disease. In 2015, Friendship screened 16,910 women and 265 were treated for pre-cancerous lesions under our Cervical Cancer programme.
Difficulties in accessing the remote char areas often mean that children miss out on receiving vital healthcare services that are available elsewhere. In cooperation with the Bangladesh Government Heath Authority, we facilitated full vaccination coverage of 9,500 eligible children in 2015.
Using modern technology, Friendship has developed a clean, environmentally friendly and low-cost solar panel that powers a lighting system. It is adapted to suit the needs of the char dwellers and is designed to replace the traditional source of lighting in the poor rural areas of Bangladesh, the kerosene lamp. The kerosene lamp is inefficient, unhealthy in closed spaces and a dangerous source of fires and burns. Friendship’s Solar Home System operates at the same cost to the user as the kerosene lamp and brings with it other advantages that greatly improve living standards.
is a profession concerned with helping individuals, families, groups and communities to enhance their individual and collective well-being. It aims to help people develop their skills and their ability to use their resources and those of the community to resolve problems.
………… Managing Director of Fivestar BD