Rohingya Refugee Crisis – HOPE Foundation is taking action!

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Since last August, over 500,000 Rohingya people crossed Myanmar border and took refuge in southern border of Bangladesh, most of them are in the catchment areas of HOPE’s projects. HOPE Foundation has been serving the needy people in southern part of Bangladesh since 1999 through its 40-bed hospital, 8 rural health centers, extensive field work, also through training health workers and midwives.

Immediately after the Rohingya influx, HOPE Foundation established partnership with UNFPA Bangladesh and mobilized resources to serve the refugees through the following

  • Daily mobile health camps, seeing 1,500 patients per days, giving primary care, emergency care, maternity care, distributing medicines, offering health advice
  • High risk patient’s transportation to specialty hospitals
  • Deployed field workers to offer health advises door to door
  • Mobilize sick people in the settlement area with makeshift stretchers
  • Treating Rohingya patients in the HOPE hospital, located several miles from the settlement
  • Helping and hosting visiting medical teams from other areas and facilitating services

Immediate Short Term Plan

  • Continue current services and expand to give services to more patients
  • Vaccination in collaboration with govt
  • Mental health services
  • Public health initiatives, clean water, health hygiene, food safely etc.
  • Expand capacity in HOPE Hospital to accommodate more patients and offer specialized care

Mid-Term Plan: 6 months -1 year

  • HOPE Foundation aims to set up a field hospital in next few weeks, that will provide services 24/7, offering primary care, emergency care, maternity care, mental health care
  • Will set up strong patient transportation network, high risk patients transportation (EMS)
  • Referral network to other secondary and tertiary centers.
  • Will procure ambulances.
  • Will support other organizations coming from outside of the area and international orgs
  • Provide healthcare training to educated Rohingya young women so they can serve their community
  • Expand capacity in HOPE Hospital to accommodate more patients and offer specialized care

HOPE’s current manpower: 150
HOPE hospital 40 beds
HOPE rural health centers-4 (not in refugee areas)
HOPE Birthing centers 4(not in refugee areas)

Minivan-1
Ambulance 1
Training centers-1
Midwifery students enrolled -50

Needs:

  • Recruit national and international volunteers- doctors, nurses, paramedics, midwives, dentists,physical therapists, mental health providers
  • Funds for General operating expenses
  • Salary for new recruit to address current crisis (medical and nonmedical staff)- staff needed to work on mobile clinics, field hospitals, and the HOPE hospital
  • Procure medical and surgical supplies
  • In-country support for international medical volunteers, housing, food, transportation etc.
  • Expenses to set up field hospital, will seek multi-party support
  • Medical transportation- ambulance, very important to ensure safe transportation of the patients. Currently we are using tomtoms( Riksha vans)
  • Mobile Medical Clinic on a Van-Medi- Van
  • Vehicles for staff transportation to and from the camp

Contact: Dr. Iftikher Mahmood,
Phone 1 305 318 0142
Skype Iftikher.mahmood
Email: hopefoundation.usoffice@gmail.com

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