Sustainable health care is an essential element for sustainable development. One of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations is to provide public health care. Achieving this goal by 2030 requires the concerted efforts of all concerned, including government, private, NGO and privately owned organizations.
The inadequacy of treatment in rural Bangladesh is well known. At the government level, the union sub-center in each union faces the challenge of meeting the current growing demand. Besides, it is difficult to retain health workers (doctors, nurses, technicians) at work place in rural areas. Therefore, in addition to government efforts, initiatives are also needed at the private level to expand quality medical care. As a result of industrialization, urbanization, the desire to improve the quality of life has spread beyond the cities to the villages. To fulfill this desire, healthcare as an important Basic Need, needs to be delivered.
At the union level, “Hashikhushi” is providing regular health services to the people of the union by establishing “Hashikhushi Health Care Center” in Panchdona Union of Narsingdi. Physicians with a minimum MBBS degree provide medical advice to patients at this healthcare center. The organization also assists the patient and his family in making all medical decisions.
Basically the healthcare center will act as the primary unit of the medical referral system. This primary unit will do the job of referring to the government and private referral unit if necessary and providing follow-up facility in their area after returning from treatment.
There is also the availability of technological arrangements for seeking advice from the specialists. The organization ensures that there will be a significant development in the healthcare industry by providing service through the doctors of Hashikhusi Healthcare Center (minimum MBBS) and a the specialist at the other end. This is because rural public health will be relatively safe through a physician-centric medical system with a minimum MBBS degree.
HealthCloud Pvt. Ltd., the parent company of the Hashikhusi Healthcare Center, has built an effective network through existing pharmacies and diagnostic labs for the availability of affordable medicines as well as low cost diagnosis tests. The entrepreneurs of the organization believe that if the necessary components of the health system are properly coordinated, the cost of healthcare in rural areas can be brought to a tolerable level and within reach. Unnecessarily new investment increases the amount expectation of returns of a consumer. The organization has recently launched a health card program to reduce the uncertainty about the medical expenses of rural households. There is also a hotline number to talk to the doctor for emergency advice 24 hours a day. In the meantime, the Hashikhusi Healthcare Center has received a positive response from the people of the union.
HealthCloud Pvt. Ltd. is working to build a digital database at the village level to control and prevent non-communicable diseases in addition to operating healthcare centers. As a result, it will be easier and cheaper to arrange treatment and necessary specialized advice according to the disease.
According to the organization’s own survey, healthcare at the village level is usually hospital-centric or rely on NGO grants. To see a doctor with an MBBS degree, village people have to cover an average distance of 15-20 km which is in no way conducive to sustainable self-reliant health care. Its core organization is monitoring how effective the “Hashikhusi” model is in overcoming these adversities.
Achieving sustainable development goals is impossible without emphasising on rural health. Along with economic development, there is a need to invest in improving the quality of health of the individual. Otherwise, it will not be possible to continue development by protecting public health from the negative effects of industrialization and emerging economies. The need for massive investment is essential to build a strong health system. Achieving goals is impossible. Along with economic development, there is a need to invest in improving the quality of health of the individual. Otherwise, it will not be possible to continue development by protecting public health from the negative effects of industrialization and emerging economies. The need for massive investment is essential to build a strong health system.