background of HCDP
HCDP: Health Care Development Project of DAB
 

Background of Health Care Development Project (HCDP)

An Organic Growth in Health Care

Founded in 1956 through the initiative of Late National Prof. (Dr) M Ibrahim the Diabetic Association of Bangladesh is now the largest health care chain in Bangladesh next to the public sector. Starting from a small tin-shed establishment it has grown into a nation-wide organization consisting of around 80 health care and educational facilities spread all over the country.

 
     
                             
   Late National Prof. (Dr) M Ibrahim    DAB, Segunbagicha, Dhaka (1956)                   BIRDEM, Shahbagh, Dhaka (2005)  
     
 

The single largest component of the chain is the Bangladesh Institute of Research & Rehabilitation in Diabetes, Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders(BIRDEM, established 1980) situated in the capital and presently serving around 320,000 registered diabetic patients(around 3000 patients per day).The Institute has a 650-bed modern hospital, an Academy which runs 14 postgraduate courses in various disciplines of medicine, and it also conducts research activities which has been acknowledge through the WHO designation of BIRDEM as a Collaborating Centre for Research on Diabetes and its Complications. In total Diabetic Association of Bangladesh serves more than 700,000 registered diabetic patients in the country and, in addition, it serves a vast number of no diabetic population with diagnostic and therapeutic services. Various projects of DAB also played a pioneering role in introducing latest diagnostic and health care technologies and techniques in Bangladesh. All the development, as mentioned above, occurred through a sort of organic process: need of diabetes care among the population and inner urge by the Founder and his Associates & Successors to serve the people. The whole organization has developed through the intellect, dedication, work plan and finance of Bangladesh people-external advice cooperation has played only a facilitating role in special circumstances.

Comprehensive Care

Within a culture of health care made synonymous with only medical care DAB could make a breakthrough by providing comprehensive health care which included not only care by the physicians but also nutrition and health education within a broader context of integrated primary,Secondary and tertiary care.

Safety Net for the Poor

In an era of increasing Privatization and marketization of health care poorer and vulnerable groups of people are getting more and more marginalized particularly in developing countries. Through social welfare units DAB has developed a safety net for the poorer diabetic people through a cross -financing model involving channelization of resources from the richer to poorer and non diabetic to diabetic population .It also has a vocational rehabilitation project for providing employment to poorer patients.

Initiated and owned by the country

DAB tries to fulfill one of the basic criteria of organizational sustainability-development of local leadership. Each Association outside Dhaka is founded and managed by the initiative of local people and those are registered with the relevant authorities as a separate entity.

Relay Race Concept In Manpower Generation

DAB realize that life is a relay race and thus for organizational sustenance continuous development of manpower is necessary both in technical and managerial areas. Presently, through BIRDEM, DAB runs 14 postgraduation courses in various discipline of medicine ranging from basic to clinical sciences. It has also started undergraduate medical course in the Ibrahim Medical College(IMC). Through Distance Learning Project DAB is providing continuous education to a substantial number of doctors.

Health Care and Research - a Two Way Journey

In the context of a country, where research activities are usually thought to be a luxury, DAB has unusual approach by incorporating research in its priority list. Activities in this sector ranges from basic to clinical and community oriented research and as a recognition, BIRDEM has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Research on Diabetic and its Complications.

Democratic Management

All activities of DAB are managed by policies and rule-regulations framed by an Apex Body -the National Council- the members of which are elected periodically by the members of the organization. The NC is also represented by the Affiliated Associations. Representations from the Government and some other university/learned bodies/national institutions are ensured through a process of cooption. The Association is registered under social Welfare Act 1887 of the Government.

Health care Developing Program-Transforming Dab Experience to General Health Care

Health care developing Program aims to transform the diabetes health care model of DAB to a sustainable Health care Model for Bangladesh by a process of improvisation and expansion. The ultimate goal of the present initiative is to form a country -wide network of self-sustained general health care centers by using and expanding the existing DAB facilities and allied services of the other organizations.

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