Our Mission: To provide health services to needy people in Bangladesh, particularly the women and children in rural areas. 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 as well as provide basic treatment. The ratio of healthcare workers and health facilities is extremely low and consequently, the health needs of this country are vastly unmet. Medical treatment is often ill equipped to provide the necessary treatment. There are currently 300 beds in this area to treat 2 million people living in Cox’s Bazar. Dr. Mahmood, being a Pediatrician, wanted to make a profound impact on the lives of his 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 8 HOPE Medical Centers in rural areas. In addition to primary care, HOPE’s hospital boasts: Emergency & Trauma Treatment, Pediatrics, Maternal Care, Diagnostic Services, Training Center, Outreach & Education Programs and specialized care services in:
- Obstetric Fistula Repair
- Cleft Lip & Palate Repair
- Burn Treatment & Rehabilitation
- Rickets Prevention Programs & Treatment
- Child Blindness Prevention & Treatment
This is just the beginning! The next steps for HOPE Foundation for Women and Children of Bangladesh are to build a 250 bed hospital in Cox’s Bazar to treat even more patients per year, to expand and add specialized care projects and to have a presence and medical facility in more rural areas of Bangladesh.