IMPACT Foundation Bangladesh

An international initiative against avoidable disablement

Services

Impact Foundation Bangladesh offers both hospital and community based activities for prevention and cure of disabling conditions. Followings are the services offered by IFB.

  • Screening and Treatment

    IMPACT Foundation Bangladesh offers screening and treatment services through its floating and other land based hospitals in Chuadanga and Meherpur districts and through satellite clinics, in remote areas.  This array of services ensures that no one misses out because they cannot travel or afford to lose a day’s wages to attend.  There is a great deal of local confidence in IMPACT Bangladesh’s health provision. IFB run hospitals also provide diagnostic services like pathological/ radiological tests and other clinical investigations. Out-patient Department (OPD) service is available for all categories of people from 9:00 am to 03:00 pm and community based satellite clinics are organized twice in a week.

  • Corrective Surgeries

    IFB targets to cure those destitute people (men, women, children) who are suffering from correctable disabling conditions. People who have no ability to afford three meals a day, can’t think of managing surgery cost to overcome their disabling condition. But according to WHO, 50% of disabling condition can be treated through medical interventions. With the help of volunteer surgeons from home and abroad IFB organizes different surgery camps round the year in three projects. IFB has been able to create access to modern surgical services for the rural poor of Chuadanga, Meherpur and adjacent districts as well as for the people who resides on the bank of different rivers. Surgical service of IFB includes cataract, ENT, clubfoot, cleft lip/ palate, burn contracture, hydrocephalus, fistula etc.

  • Pre and Postnatal Care

    To avoid pregnancy related complication and prevent maternal and child deaths, IFB provides antenatal and postnatal care service to pregnant women of Chuadanga and Meherpur districts. IFB ensures Tetanus vaccination for pregnant women.

  • Eyesight Testing of School Students

    Refractive error is the most common cause of visual defect among the school aged children and unfortunately majority of them, particularly in rural areas remain undiagnosed and untreated for years. This results early drop-out from school. Another condition, child cataract is responsible for one-third childhood blindness in Bangladesh. To cope with this IFB organizes eyesight test camps in primary schools of Chuadanga, Meherpur and Jibon Tari visiting sites.

  • Immunization/ Folic Acid/ Vitamin A Distribution

    Malnourished pregnant women give birth to malnourished children and those are at increasing risk of being disabled. IFB provides micronutrient supplements such as iron, folic acid to pregnant and Vitamin A to lactating mothers and children. This simple primary health care intervention does not exist in rural areas but is vital to ensure the wellbeing and safety of mothers and babies.

  • Rubella Vaccination

    Rubella infection of mothers in early stages of pregnancy may cause disabilities of the unborn children in the womb which include hearing, visual impairments, heart defects etc.  Some babies will inevitably be stillborn. IFB visits schools and colleges of Chuadanga and Meherpur districts to immunise girls and aware them on importance of Rubella protection by immunization.

  • Health Education

    IFB organizes health education sessions to increase awareness on health and hygiene behaviors among the rural people, mainly mother’s and those attending the health care services. Field Organizers conduct health education sessions in the community.

  • Mothers Club Networking

    IFB has established a network of 1,200 Mothers’ Clubs (MC) in Chuadanga and Meherpur districts. Each MC consists of 20-22 mothers, who meet together once in a month in a certain place for two hours. They discuss and learn different important health issues in the meeting such as pregnant mother’s health check up, folic acid and TT vaccine, vitamin A capsules to postnatal mothers, immunization of the children etc. Then they disseminate to message to their neighbours and beyond.

  • Home Gardening

    The diet of the most impoverished people is seriously limited and does not meet their minimum nutritional requirements even though many vitamins and minerals are needed in only miniscule quantities. In Bangladesh, nearly two-thirds of the daily diet consists of rice or cereals, supplemented by some vegetables, pulses and small quantities of fish.  Dairy and meat are consumed rarely and in tiny amounts.   Fruit is eaten in season and there is little intake of fat to provide vital calories.   People are generally malnourished, hungry and lethargic.

    IMPACT’s solution to the challenge of micronutrient deficiency is home gardening.  Gardens are cheap to establish but can revolutionize a family’s health, especially in countries such as Bangladesh where the alluvial soil is very fertile. Impact provides training to rural women on how to prepare a fallow land for a home garden. IFB also distributes seeds and saplings of vegetables round the year so that rural people can easily get micro-nutrient supplement from their production.

     

  • Sanitation

    There are still a huge number of households without any sanitary toilets and people generally defecate in open places. Continuing these practices, community people become vulnerable to the water borne diseases. IFB provides pit latrines which require very little maintenance and no sewer system.  Human waste decomposes into harmless compost in the ground.

  • Training Teacher on Eyesight Testing

    We are constantly working on ways to push the hospital walls out into the community.  One innovative solution is to train School Teachers who check their pupils and spot any potential health problems.  Any concern is reported to an IMPACT health worker for thorough examination.   Treatment is provided at IMPACT’s health centre as necessary.  This makes it possible to identify the early warning signs of a number of potentially disabling conditions and take rapid action to protect the child’s health.

  • Early Identification of Disability Training

    For empowering community people on health issues and enabling them proactively early identification of disability, IFB provides capacity development training to community leaders,  NGO/ local health workers on disability and its preventive measures.

  • Skill Development Training for Traditional Birth Attendants

    Being assisted by a trained health worker during childbirth is widely acknowledged to be one of the most effective ways to reduce death and disablement. In Bangladesh, 87% of women give birth without such help.   If complications occur it is vital that quick and appropriate action is taken but unskilled attendants often do more harm than good.

    There are many Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) working in rural areas and most have learnt their trade from relatives; this causes inaccurate information and myths to spread.  IMPACT provides them with thorough training and sterile equipment kits to ensure safe delivery and healthy baby.

     

  • Distribution of Prosthetic and Orthotic Devices

    IFB is the sole manufacturer and distributor of different prosthesis and orthotic devices in the region. IFB’s Device Technicians received training on device manufacturing from India. This centre is located in Chuadanga district in the name of Sir John Wilson Assistive Device Centre. To enhance mobility of the persons with disabilities, IFB distributes different devices to the needy person.

  • Physiotherapy Treatment Service

    IFB provides physiotherapy services to rural people while this service is even rare in urban areas. IFB’s physiotherapy units are well equipped and operated by trained physiotherapist and trained assistants. Demand of this service is increasing day by day.

  • Arsenic free Water Supply and Hygiene Promotion

    Ground water of Chuadanga and Meherpur district is highly contaminated with arsenic which is considered as silent killer poison by the WHO. To ensure safe drinking water supply for arsenic contaminated households of the districts IFB distributes SONO-Filters at household level, installs ring-well, SIDKO plant, Arsenic Iron Removal Plant at community level.

    Besides, IFB also promotes personal and menstrual hygiene through organizing different community and school based awareness raising camps. IFB also planing to promote washable and reusable home-made sanitary napkin for rural adolescent girls.

     

IMPACT Foundation Bangladesh

An international initiative against avoidable disablement