HAEFA Newsletter – April 2022

Summary of Services Provided by HAEFA

  • 47,647 women screened for cervical cancer in Kurigram from Nov. 2019 – April 16, 2022
  • 21,256 women screened for cervical cancer in Cox’s Bazar from July 2021 – April 17, 2022
  • 210,211 Rohingya refugees/FDMN and host community people received free medical care in Cox’s Bazar from January 2017 to April 18, 2022
  • 24,823 Rohingya refugees/FDMN and host community people received free medical care in Bhashan Char, Noakhali since 2020

Meet Md. Saim Khan, HAEFA's Cervical Cancer Screening Project Coordinator

Mr. Khan has worked with HAEFA from the very beginning, helping launch all of HAEFA’s projects. He has helped underserved populations access health care with kindness and empathy. His accomplishments are varied, including coordinating a project to screen garment factory workers for non-communicable diseases in the workplace, helping set up the Electronic Medical Record system in the Rohingya camps with solar power, and helping grow the largest cervical cancer screening center in Bangladesh. Under his leadership, about 4,500 screening tests for 

cervical cancer are conducted every month. Mr. Khan says he has learned from the best at HAEFA, focusing on patient care centered around cordiality, affection, and kindness.

Mental Health and Resilience TOT Success!

To date, HAEFA and partners have trained 434 health care providers, public health and humanitarian workers, and other professionals as trainers for the HERO-Bangladesh Mental Health and Resilience curriculum in collaboration with project HOPE.

Through the ToT model, over 5,295 individuals have received cascading training. Thank you to the many partners (NIMH, BSMMU, DGHS, DMCH) who made this program a success.

Help HAEFA Deliver Emergency Food Packages to
1,000 Families This Ramadan

Join us in providing a two-week food supply to 1,000 extremely low-income and underprivileged families in Bangladesh during this Ramadan. Due to COVID-19 lockdowns and joblessness, 24.5 million people and almost 500,000 families went below the poverty line in Bangladesh in 2021. Like last Ramadan in 2021, with your kind help and support, HAEFA plans to deliver emergency food packages to 1,000 families this 2022 Ramadan. 

Each food package costs $12.50 and will provide 15-day food supply for each family. If your friends, colleagues, and families would like to DONATE or send ZAKAT, please encourage them to  donate to HAEFA.

If you are in Bangladesh, you may bKash your Zakat or donations to HAEFA's bKash account: 01770-433662 (press ‘Make Payment’ on your bKash account).

HAEFA Included in the UNHCR 2022 Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis Joint Response Plan (JRP)

In the fifth year of the Rohingya refugee response in Bangladesh, UNHCR and partners are emphasizing the need to ensure that the Rohingya situation does not become a forgotten crisis. Continued funding and support are critical to meet the needs of refugees and surrounding host communities. The 2022 Joint Response Plan (JRP) for the Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis includes 136 partners working to support approximately 1.4 million people, including over 918,000 Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar and Bhasan Char, and around 540,000 Bangladeshis in neighbouring communities. Given their geography, the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar are especially vulnerable to natural disasters. This year’s JRP accordingly highlights the need for enhanced efforts towards disaster risk management and climate change mitigation, including through reforestation and energy interventions.

HAEFA Partners with Handicapped International

On March 30, 2022, HAEFA FDMN medical team members in the Rohingya camps participated in a training session on the early detection and prevention of disability and its complications. The training was organized by the non-profit aid organization Handicapped International (HI).

Fire Safety and Basic Burn Care Training at HAEFA Clinics in FDMN Camps

On March 28, 2022, Md Jahidul Islam, Camp Coordinator of HAEFA’s FDMN Cox’s Bazar, attended a training session on Fire Safety and Basic Burn Care organized by the World Health Organization & Fire Service and Civil Defense CXB. He then shared and demonstrated the training aspects with the HAEFA staff of camps 1w & 09 on April 10, 2022, focusing on detailed instructions for the proper use of fire extinguishers, the type of fire extinguishers and scenarios leading to fire incidences.

HAEFA See-and-Treat Cervical Cancer Screening and Treatment Update

In March 2022, HAEFA provided over 4295 women with cervical cancer screenings conducted in 07 VIA centers (Sadar Hospital, MCWC, Ramu UHC, Moheshkhali UHC, Chakaria UHC, Pekua UHC, Kutubdia UHC) and 11 VIA camps in the respective Upazilas of Cox’s Bazar, including two hard-to-reach areas Kutubdia and Moheshkhali. Over 25 patients were found positive through the initial screening test and referred for further investigation and treatment. The team followed up with 15 patients for a second screening test and colposcopy in Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital.

HAEFA provides training and VIA camps in hard-to-reach UHCs. Here are some photos of our recent outreach: 

HAEFA Organizes National Colposcopy Training at BSMMU in Dhaka

A 9-day national colposcopy training was held at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) for HAEFA’s medical team members and government senior staff nurses and midwives. The training was organized by UNFPA and financially supported by HAEFA’s Cervical Cancer Project. The goal was to train the service providers with mobile digital colposcope and hand-held portable thermocoagulator for diagnosis and treatment, respectively.  The sessions included the principles of colposcopy, anatomy of the cervix, colposcopic appearance of CIN, management of CIN by cryotherapy & thermocoagulation, management of CIN by LEEP, and Bangladesh’s national strategy for cervical cancer prevention and control. A special thanks to Professor Ashrafunnessa with the BSMMU Cervical and Breast Cancer Screening Programme and all of the training facilitators for their time and expertise. 

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