Bangladesh is observing its worst flood situation in the last 30 years. Millions of people are displaced, while the government is making plans to provide humanitarian aid to its people. ASTHA had been working in two of these worst flood-hit areas of Sunamganj and Sylhet district.
When hundreds of thousands of people are suffering from loss of home, land, and food due to the flood creating devastation in the northern districts, the Community Paramedics have come together in Sylhet and are volunteering to give primary health care services to the communities. Over 60 Community Paramedics (20 female CPs, 40 male CPs) in Sunamganj and Sylhet district regions are providing need based primary healthcare and providing necessary medicines and treatments to the people. The CPs are visiting the slums and regions that are completely flooded by small boats and catering to the emergency needs of the people in the community. They are treating patients who need antenatal and postnatal care and may be suffering from diarrhea and other waterborne diseases. Besides, the CPs are treating patients with fever, common cold, skin diseases and assisted in natural childbirth. In addition to this, they are providing oral saline, water purifier tablets and paracetamol to the communities.
This project is financed by Novartis, the Evi Diethelm Winteler Stiftung, the Laguna Foundation, the Leopold Bachmann Stiftung, among other donors. It is part of the Swisscontact Development Programme, which is co-financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA.