ASTHA signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with CMED Health Ltd. 

Aiming to breakthrough into technological solutions to improve Community Paramedics (CP) service, Swisscontact’s ASTHA (Achieving Sustainability Towards Healthcare Access) project recently signed a MoU with CMED Health Limited ( – a start-up Health-tech company focusing on preventive healthcare. 

In the rural communities of Bangladesh, Community Paramedics (CP) are gradually becoming the first line of primary healthcare providers. As a project dedicated to improving rural healthcare ecosystem in Bangladesh, ASTHA is working to strengthen the Community Paramedic (CP) service provision by improving the referral system and telemedicine using integrated modern technology. Accordingly, ASTHA project and CMED Health Ltd. will work together to establish a modernised mobile referral application for the CPs. Through this MoU, CMED Health and ASTHA will develop, integrate, and test this application through CPs in the different parts of Bangladesh., while checking the embedded opportunities, and effectiveness of using such technology in the rural healthcare system.

Mr. Rezaul Karim, Senior Manager – Interventions portfolio of ASTHA, Swisscontact and Md. Ashraf Dawood, Chief Operating Officer of CMED Health led the MoU signing ceremony while, Dr. A.K.M. Nazmul Islam, Head of Medical Services & Business Development of CMED Health and Trina Hasan, Senior Officer – Partnership and Innovation, ASTHA, Swisscontact were present at the event.

Initial vocational education and training
High-quality healthcare services in rural areas
Achieving Sustainability Towards Healthcare Access (ASTHA) aims at contributing to the development and expansion of sustainable and high-quality healthcare at the community level by training young adults (50% women) from seven rural districts as skilled health workers. The ASTHA-project will improve the health and living conditions of the local...