With the goal of contributing to ensure the SDG targets of good health & wellbeing of the urban and rural poor people MATI Cooperative first started its health services for the urban poor people in 2005 by its capacity.
Next to the MATI Cooperative office, there is a Scheduled Caste Hindu minority community (Dalit) with 30 families with one hundred and fifty people, who are extremely poor and excluded from the mainstream community. In order to provide basic healthcare services to the families MATI Cooperative employed a Paramedic staff in that time and extended the services among more urban & rural poor communities. In 2009, a Mati Primary Health Care Center (MPHCC) was started in the compound of the MATI Cooperative head office. The MPHCC has been providing free primary health care services and medicines for the local extremely poor people.
The working area includes urban slums of Mymensingh district and the villages of Mymensingh, Sherpur and Jamalpur districts in Bangladesh.
The services provided by MPHCC are given below:
• Maternal and Neonatal Healthcare (MNH) services.
• Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI).
• Reproductive health and family planning services (RH/FP).
• Expanded Program on Immunization
• Nutrition education and micronutrient supplementation.
• Distribution of family planning commodities.
• Health education and counselling
• Identification of severe illnesses, like tuberculosis, malaria, pneumonia, emergency obstetric care, life-threatening influenza, anthrax, etc.
• Treatment for minor ailments and first-aid.
• Referral to union-level health facilities (health and family welfare center, union sub-center, rural health center, etc.), Upazila health complexes (UHCS), and district hospitals.
• Physiotherapy for Disabled people’s and Children’s.
• Providing and assisting in the treatment of eye diseases.
• Total 580 Health awareness meetings and trainings were held with the participation of approximately 2000 women.
• Total 780 patients especially the women, girls, PWD and Dalit people received free treatment and medicines for their various kinds of diseases from the MHCC.
• Total 910 women received free treatment & medicine services from the health camps.
• 308 women got family planning services from the MHCC.
• 32 women received pregnancy and cost delivery services from the MHCC.
• 178 patients of the target area especially the 15 disabled children of Mati’s disability school received regular physiotherapy services from the foreigner volunteers.
• 88 children got BDT53,780 as milk support.
• 189 patients got referral services from the MHCC.