SONNE-International’s first project was the creation of a clinic in the old part of Dhaka, the capital city, in 2001. Since then we have been providing medical care for the city’s poor (Health Care Programme – HCP). In cooperation with diverse local NGOs we have also organized mobile health camps for the destitute population of several rural districts. The clinic takes place once a week and provides basic medical care. In order to optimize continuity of care for patients, a system of health passports has been introduced, reflecting the medical care administered. 80% of attendees at the clinic are women and children. Our team consists of a doctor, a pharmacist and several volunteer assistants. On average, 60 patients are treated per day. Thus, in the ten years of the clinic’s existence more than 30.000 needy persons have been treated free of charge.
By the end of 2011 our HCP (Health Care Programme) will be moved to the Chittagong Hill Tracts, a remote rural area at the border with Myanmar, as medical care has definitely improved in Bangladesh’s big cities whereas it is still grossly inadequate in rural areas. Of course we will start the project with a detailed assessment of the situation.