Grameen Health Centers of GK provide following health services:

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 106 health centers in different districts of Bangladesh and covering over 4.5 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 4,50,000 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:

  • Providing primary healthcare services;
  • Emphasizing early detection and prevention of  communicable and non-communicable diseases;
  • Ensuring healthcare services at affordable cost;
  • Advocating health awareness among the households in the rural communities; ·
  • Promoting micro health insurance scheme;
  • Referral to the higher level health facilities.
Basic Health Care Services:

Preventive & Curative Care:

- Outdoor Patient service;

- Maintaining  medical  records;      

- Advising essential drugs;  

- Routine pathological tests;    

- Supplying quality medicines;  

- Referral to higher facilities if required.


ii) Safe Motherhood & Delivery Program:

-  Screening & registering pregnant mother;

-  Tracking & keeping records of pregnant mother;

-  Counseling & providing primary care to the pregnant mothers;

-  Detecting high risk pregnancy and referral to higher facilities;

-  Rendering antenatal care with ultrasonography;

-  Conducting safe delivery under qualified & trained paramedics at GK health centers;

-  Motivating to undergo delivery under trained skilled birth attendant (SBA);

-  Providing post natal care along with neonatal care;

-  Advice for referral the complicated cases.

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Family Planning & Birth Spacing:

-  Identifying eligible couples for contraception;

-  Counseling the eligible couples for modern contraceptives use;

-  Ensuring the supply of different contraceptives;

-  Regular follow up. 

iv) Child Health Care: 

-  Emphasizing for exclusive breast feeding;

-  Educating mother for effective method of breast feeding & child healthcare;

-  Early detection of child health problems mainly the malnutrition, diarrhea, pneumonia etc.;

-  Health check-up at home by the Community Health Assistants (CHAs);

-  Growth chart (Road to Health)  monitoring;

-  Referral when needed. 

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v) Control of Diarrheal and other Communicable Diseases: 

-  Educating and building awareness for  prevention of  diarrheal and communicable diseases;

-  Assessing the level of dehydration;

-  Advising ORS & rice saline;                

-  Suggest referral for critical cases.

vi) Immunization & Vaccination:

-  Participating in EPI (Expanded Program on Immunization) & NID (National Immunization Day);

-  Providing Hepatitis B Virus Vaccine, Typhoid Vaccine, Cervical Vaccine  etc; 

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-  Screening malnutrition; 

-  Advising and suggesting required medicines to control malnutrition; 

-  Emphasizing exclusive breast feeding;

-  Advising appropriate dietary supplements. 

Specialized Healthcare Services

Gynaecological & Obstetrical Care:

  • Conducting gynae & obs camps;
  • Identifying & treating gynae obs patients;
  • Counseling and following up of complicated gynae & obs patients;
  • Referral complicated cases to the higher facilities.

ii) Prevention of Blindness:

  • Organizing & operating eye camps;
  • Screening cataract and other eye complications;
  • Performing cataract and other minor eye surgeries at a minimum cost.


iii) ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat) Care:

  • Screening ENT Problems;
  • Providing primary treatment for ENT patients;
  • Organizing & Operating ENT camps attended by qualified doctors;
  • Referral to higher facilities for complicated/surgical cases.

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iv) Diabetes and Hypertension (HTN):

  • Identifying diabetic & HTN patients through door to door visits by Community Health Assistants (CHAs);
  • Blood Pressure and Blood glucose monitoring;
  • Raising awareness about diabetes and HTN & associated complications;
  • Organizing Diabetic & HTN camps by specialized doctors;
  • Regular Follow-up.

v) Tele-Medicine Service:

  • Providing medical care & specialized opinion to the remote complicated patients through telecommunications technology.
  • Arranging Tele-Consultation with the Head office's specialized doctors via Skype and Video-conferencing so that the health center's physician does not feel helpless.

Micro Health Insurance
Grameen Kalyan has introduced micro health insurance to offer low-cost healthcare services to the people.  GK has been working to make the micro health insurance as an integral part of its primary healthcare since launching the healthcare program.   Under GK Micro health insurance scheme by paying only BDT 200 (USD 2.5) for GB borrowers and BDT 300 (USD 3.75) for Non-GB Members anyone can take annual health insurance policy.  Each health insurance policy covers 6 members in the family. Till the end of June, 2017 GK has 30,000 micro insurance policy holders. The poor households in the community are allowed to pay micro health insurance premium through quarterly/half yearly installments. The micro insurance holders of GK enjoy the following privileges:           

-          50% discount on consultation/advice/ prescription fees;

-          30% discount on pathological tests available in  GK Health Center;

-          10% discount on medicine available in the pharmacy in Health Center;

-          70% discount on monthly blood sugar tests for  diabetic patients;

-          Quarterly free health check-up at home for 6 family members at free of charge;

-          Compensation up to BDT 2,000 (USD 25) for hospitalization.