Achieving Sustainability Towards Healthcare Access (ASTHA), a project of Swisscontact Bangladesh has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Roche Bangladesh Limited, an affiliate of Roche group; world’s largest biotech company.
Under this MoU, these two reputed Swiss organisations will join hands to co-create an efficient healthcare ecosystem for improving patient access to quality healthcare services in rural and sub-urban areas. The pilot of this MoU will focus on training and utilising Community Paramedics as first responders to detect potential breast and cervical cancer patients and refer them to relevant facilities and doctors. The collaboration will further target to create awareness about rarely detected diseases like haemophilia, autism etc. in rural areas of Bangladesh.
The event was held in Hotel Amari on November 18, 2021, with the presence of Mr. Mujibul Hasan Cezanne, Country Director, Swisscontact Bangladesh; Dr. Afroz Jalil, Country Manager, Roche Bangladesh, Fazle Razik, Team Leader, ASTHA; Helal Hussain, Head of Portfolio, Swisscontact Bangladesh, Alamgir Kabir, Head of Business Administration, Swisscontact Bangladesh.
Among others, ASTHA and Swisscontact Bangladesh were represented by Md. Rezaul Karim, Senior Manager – Intervention Portfolio, Trina Hasan, Senior Officer – Partnership and Innovation, Gunjan Mathur, Associate – Partnership and Innovation, Dr. Jafar Ahmed Hakim, Senior Advisor – Health Services and Government Relations, and Nowsheen Sharmila, Officer – Policy and Communications.
Roche Bangladesh was represented by Dr. Farzana Haque, Head of Access Policy and Regulatory, Dr. Farzana Hasan, Country Medical Director, Md. Hasanuzzaman, Head of Integrated Strategy and Md. Shafiqul Islam, Healthcare System Partner.