CHILDREN’S HEALTH IN BANGLADESH: AT A GLANCE
- Out of Bangladesh’s children of pre-school age over 54% have stunted growth, 56% are underweight and over 17% are wasted.
- The stillborn birth rate is 3,074 per 100,000 births.
- Every year Bangladesh sees 75,903 neonatal deaths.
- Leading causes of death in children are Pneumonia and Diarrhea, both preventable.
HOPE’s Children’s Health Services
- Nutrition: 98% of babies that die within their first month of life, are those born in developing countries. HOPE aims to bring down infant and child mortality by providing nutritional counseling to mothers and treating children who are suffering from nutritional deficits.
- In-Patient Ward: Children suffering from disease and trauma can be hospitalized and treated at HOPE’s In-Patient Ward for Children.
- Out-Patient Ward: Children can seek quick treatment for small ailments as well as nutritional counseling at HOPE’s In-Patient Ward for Children.
- Rickets: With 550,000 children suffering from rickets in Bangladesh, HOPE is working hard to prevent and treat children with rickets. HOPE administers nutritional therapy to prevent and in many cases correct rickets; in severe cases, HOPE refers children to a hospital specializing in rickets operations.
- School Health Program: HOPE implements a School Health Program in which a team from HOPE visits nearby schools and conducts a basic health screening test for students. Those who need advanced treatment are referred to the Hospital.
- Immunization: A vital segment of our child health services is providing immunizations to the needy to not only prevent children from developing diseases initially, but helping to stop the spread of communicable diseases in the schools, communities, villages and region.