|Health Care Services|
In the early nineties a study showed that without improvement in healthcare, the poor cannot stay out of poverty for long time. Microcredit could bring them out of poverty but to keep them out of poverty permanently, healthcare for the poor must be addressed. Observing the reality, Prof. Md. Yunus experimentally started "Rural Health Program (RHP)" in 1993 under Grameen Trust. After its successful conduction, RHP was handed over to Grameen Kalyan (GK) in 1997 (immediately after its inception) and since then it is operating as a regular program under GK.
Health program is one of the major activities of GK in terms of helping the low income population directly. GK is operating healthcare services through establishing community based health centers in the rural areas. Currently GK is operating 75 health centers in different districts of Bangladesh and covering over 2.8 million service recipients. Through these health centers, GK is providing primary healthcare services emphasizing on prevention and early detection of communicable & non-communicable diseases and in average treats over 3,00,000 patients annually. GK believes that prevention and early detection of health problem could save both life and money of the poor. GK introduced micro-health insurance scheme for its beneficiaries to provide healthcare at affordable cost. The healthcare services provided by GK health centers are include outpatient services, outreach satellite camps, free school camps, specialized camps, mobile health services, domiciliary services etc. and follow the functional system of referrals for secondary and tertiary healthcare services. All the GK health centers are operating under social business concept and aimed to become self-sustain.
Features of GK's Health Care Program: