Established in 1999 by Dr. Iftikher Mahmood, a Bangladeshi-American, HOPE Foundation for Women and Children of Bangladesh was created with the goal of serving those most in need. Bangladesh has an extremely high maternal, infant and child mortality rate. Most of these deaths could be prevented with a mass education program of preventative health and early intervention to manage infectious conditions, while providing basic health care.
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The ratio of healthcare workers and health facilities is extremely low and consequently, health needs are vastly unmet. Medical facilities are often ill equipped to provide necessary treatment. There are currently 300 beds in this area to treat 2 million people living in Cox’s Bazar. Dr. Mahmood, a Pediatrician wanted to make a profound impact on the lives of the Bangladeshi people and provide services for those who otherwise could not afford it. Through tireless fundraising, HOPE’s team raised enough money to build a 40-bed hospital in Ramu, Cox’s Bazar, as well as 9 HOPE Medical and Birthing Centers in rural areas.
In addition to primary care, HOPE’s hospitals and additional medical facilities include: Emergency & Trauma Treatment, Pediatrics, Maternal Care, Diagnostic Services, Midwifery Training Center, Outreach & Education Programs and specialized care services for Fistula, Cleft Palate, Burn Treatment and Rehabilitation.
Beginning in 2017, with the arrival of nearly one million Rohingya Refugees in Cox's Bazar, HOPE began responding to the needs of those who have suffered grave persecution at the hands of the Myanmar government. Through the establishment of the HOPE Field Hospital for Women, which remains one of the few inpatient facilities inside of the refugee camps, HOPE is treating upwards of 300 patients per day inside the refugee camps.
For more information or to contribute to their maternity/fistula hospital building fund or healthcare services to the Rohingya refugee community: www.hopeforbangladesh.org.
Founder and President - Dr. Iftiker Mahmood