WHO WE ARE
Based in a rural Bangladeshi village, Kailakuri Health Care Project serves three different groups - Bengali Muslims, Mandi tribal Christians, and Borman tribal Hindus, with over 42,000 outpatient visits/year in 2020.
We employ local staff with few if any formal qualifications, who are trained on-the-job as paramedics - and offer low-cost treatment to poor patients who cannot afford to pay for medical care elsewhere. A number of these staff are now completing 'Diploma in Medical Assistant' qualifications (funded by JOCS) alongside their shifts at the project.
Because patients cannot afford to pay the full costs of treatment, we rely on generous donations from others to help fund our running costs.
WHAT WE DO
Healthcare for the poor by the poor.
The medical practices followed are simple, appropriate and cheap. Even so, the poor can not afford to pay for more than 10 or 15% of the cost.
The more families have to pay for health treatment, the less they have to pay for food, water and sanitation – and the sicker they get. There will always be a need for some external funding. What is being achieved at Kailakuri is unique.
Historically antagonistic ethnic and religious groups are working together.
Health services are being provided for the poor, by the poor. Kailakuri is managed and operated by the poor.