With rising life expectancy in Bangladesh, the propensity of non-communicable diseases like Diabetes and Hypertension is on the rise. To stem the burgeoning outgrowth of these diseases the Department of Health of Bangladesh Red Crescent Society in collaboration with Taiwan Red Cross and IFRC has been implementing a project on prevention of Non Communicable Diseases (NCD) since March 2012.
Currently the NCD Prevention program is being run in numerous centers across Bangladesh. From Lalbagh, Dhaka to Karatia, Tangail to Tala, Satkhira BDRCS is working relentlessly with local communities and medical professionals.
NCD aims to train MCH staff (Midwives, Assist. Midwives and Community Health promoters) on diabetes and Hypertension and its prevention. Secondly to promote health education of the catchment population on Diet, Nutrition and Prevention of Diabetes Mellitus and Hypertension in the villages around 16 MCH centres of BDRCS. And lastly diagnose cases of Diabetes Mellitus and Hypertension and refer them to Physicians.
Our perspiration led to inspiration as we incorporated a record number of beneficiaries. Over 64,000 people over the age of 40 was covered, along with 14000 families by our 32 community health providers and 16 community midwifes recently trained by BDRCS. Early detection and referral of patients to hospitals and health facilities for treatment has possibly reduced the mortality and morbidity of these diseases in the catchment population of the program area.