Especially for the poor in rural areas who live on less than $US1/day – as the travel expenses, hospital admission and treatment costs, medication, time off work and/or looking after their families comes at too great a cost. So many poor people go untreated for easily treatable illnesses.
With these issues in mind, Dr Edric Baker from New Zealand, began work from a small dispensary in the Madhupur forest area in 1982 together with Church of Bangladesh. In 1996 he started the Kailakuri Clinic. This has grown into a rural health centre (with inpatient and outpatient services) backing up mother-child care, diabetes and TB activities. Patients requiring surgery are taken to other hospitals. Patients are only charged nominal fees and medication is given to patients on site. Because patients cannot afford treatment costs, the clinic relies on donations to cover project expenditure. Many patients come from ethnic minority background.
Although trying hard, Kailakuri has not yet succeeded in finding a Bangladeshi doctor to work longterm in this setting. Therefore foreign volunteer doctors are welcome to join the project. The minimum length of stay would be 12 months, desirable would be 18 to 36 months.
Additionally people with a good capacity of the English language and computer skills could come as volunteers for at least 12 months, preferably longer, to built local administration capacities and engage in fundraising and publicity work. Interested persons (aged over 25 years) please contact