ASA HEALTH PROGRAM
ASA 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 58 out of 64 districts of the country providing service to about seven million people.
Aims: To mitigate menace of communicable and non-communicable diseases by early intervention and promoting healthy lifestyle.
Objectives: 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 ASA Health Program.
- Primary Healthcare Program
- Integrated Health and Education Program
- Health Awareness Program
- Physiotherapy Program
In addition to the above mentioned activities, under the umbrella of ASA Health Program two health centers are also being operated in two districts. These are: Narapati Health Complex, in Habiganj and Kakina Polli Swasthyo Kendro in Lalmonirhat.
Primary Healthcare Program
To facilitate essential healthcare services to the poor ASA sets up 49 Primary Healthcare Centers in backward areas across the country. Each centre has a manpower comprising a Doctor, a Medical Assistant, 4-5 Health Assistants and a dispensary. These Centers are offering primary healthcare service to the patients and necessary medicines at subsidized prices. Besides, some diagnostic facilities are also being provided by these centers. ASA Primary Healthcare Centers, in brief, are offering the following services to the patients.
- Ante natal care (Care of pregnant mother).
- Post natal care (Care of the lactating mother).
- Family planning care.
- Treatment of the common communicable and non-communicable diseases.
- Health education.
- Emergency care of the patients with injury
- Blood sugar test, Urine sugar test and Pregnancy test.
- Necessary medicine at subsidized rate.
In addition, satellite health camps are often arranged for the patients living far-flung and remote areas.
Integrated Health and Health Education Program
The program has been launched with a view to render primary but essential healthcare services to the doorsteps of the poor and the underprivileged. Six Shastho Sebikas (Health Assistant) work under an ASA Branch to offer health facilities that include measuring blood pressure, checking fever, blood sugar, body weight and especially monitoring growth of children up to five years of age. The Shasotho Sebikas visit the ASA groups thrice in week and render services there. Integrated Health and Health Health Education Program is presently implemented in 210 branches of ASA and 500,000 patients were provided treatment and health tips by this program during July 2015- June 2016.
Under this program healthcare facilities delivered to the target people are as follows.
- Checking health and give consultations.
- Checking blood pressure.
- Checking blood sugar.
- Measuring temperature.
- Measuring weight of under five children.
- Following ups patient’s health status.
ASA Health Awareness Program
Health Awareness Program was introduced by ASA in 2010 for making the people aware in maintaining a healthy life by preventing common communicable diseases they generally suffer from. Primarily, the target segment of this program is the group members of ASA. But, people out of ASA group are also getting opportunities to become aware by the program. This program educates the people how to maintain healthy life keeping diseases away. Under the program a topic on healthcare and disease prevention is discussed in the group meetings in each month. That resulted in an enhanced health awareness among seven million people of the country. The following topics have been set to discuss in 12 months of 2016 under the Program.
|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 use 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.|
Narapati Health Complex
Narapati Health Complex, Chunarughat in Habiganj district was established by ASA in 2010 to offer healthcare service to the people of the area. The Complex has been equipped as a modern health Centre with Pathological lab and with necessary medical apparatus and supported by doctors and allied healthcare assistants. Patients from the Chunarughat Upazila and adjacent areas are availing the services of the Complex adequately. Under the initiative of the complex satellite health camps are arranged in remote and far-flung areas. Moreover, eye camps are also arranged occasionally. Narapati Health Complex has emerged as an important healthcare center in the district. Thousands of patients are being treated in the Complex every year.
Kakina Polli Shastho Kendro
ASA has been providing financial assistance to Kakina Palli Shastho Kendro (a rural health Centre) located in Lamonirhat a northern district of the country. This is one of a remote area of Bangladesh and about 400 kilometers away from the Capital city Dhaka. 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. ASA supports with financial aid amounting to TK. 4, 80,000.00 per annum to the Centre. Several thousand patents are getting healthcare facilites by the Centre each year.