HAEFA Newsletter – October 2021

Cervical Cancer Screening

  • In 9 UHCs of Kurigram, a total number of 5500+ patients were screened. VIA-positive patients were treated.
  • The HAEFA team was proud to see their work in action when chemotherapy was started on the first patient with advanced lesion in Dhaka this month.

Cox’s Bazar:

  • In 5 VIA centers of Cox’s Bazar, a total number of 1700+ patients were screened.
  • Among the VIA-positive patients, 11 patients were referred  to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital for further investigation and treatment.

Online Training on VIA Counseling

  • The HAEFA Cox’s Bazar team organized an online training on VIA Counseling for their newly joined eighteen Community Health Facilitators (CHF) on 28 September, 2021. 
  • The CHFs were trained with background knowledge of the local community, cervical cancer etiology and benefit of early diagnosis for better VIA Counseling and Community Mobilization.
  • The training was attended by the Project Coordinator and other team members of the HAEFA project team in CXB.

Mental Health & Resiliency Support for the Healthcare Workers of Bangladesh

  • HAEFA has been planning to provide mental health support to the frontline healthworkers including physicians, nurses and midwives of Bangladesh in collaboration with the Project HOPE and HERO-NY from October 2021 through April 2022. 
  •  This Training of the Trainers (ToT) Mental Health and Resiliency Training will have three modules that have been contextualized to the perspetive of Bangladesh under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Mekhala Sarker and mental health postgraduate trainees.
  • Master trainers will conduct two to four monthly training sessions beginning in October 2021 through March 2022 to train and help cascading secondary training to 3,000 healthcare workers by April 2022.

Joint Response Plan, Cox’s Bazar: Protection Mainstreaming Training

  • In line with the 2021 JRP and the objective of ensuring age, gender and diversity approaches, WHO/Health Sector and Protection Working group jointly took the initiative and conducted Protection Mainstreaming training targeting HS partners for ensuring integration of protection principles and standards within the scope of sectoral response plans.
  • The management team of HAEFA and Operations Department took the training and attended the two-day summit which started from 26th September, 2021 at Hotel Seagull, Cox’s Bazar along with more than twenty national as well as international NGO’s Program Manager, Technical Manager, Project Coordinator, Project Heads and Program Heads.

Supporting 20-Bed Hospital in Bashan Char

  • Since Noivember 2020, HAEFA has continued to provide medical treatment, including free medicine to the FDMN patients from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm at the HAEFA Medical Center located at shelter 66 in Bhasan Char. In September 2021, HAEFA provided medical treatment and free medication to 1596 FDMN patients.
  • In addition to that, from March 19, 2021, HAEFA has started providing medical support via its physicians, paramedics and pharmacists in the Only 20-bed hospital in Bhashan Char

RMG Inclusive Business Program in Sept. 2021

  • HAEFA team attended the Sharing and Learning session of Ready Made Garments (RMG) Inclusive Business Program, hosted by SNV Netherlands Development Organization on September 28th, at Le Meridian Hotel.

Online “Advanced COVID-19 Clinical Management Certification Course”:

  • This 3-hour online interactive clinical course is becoming popular among the physicians of Bangaldesh who serve at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Since June 2021, 1,995 physicians have registered for the online course 821 physicians completed the MCQ test, and 416 doctors passed and achieved the certificate (jointly issued by the DGHS, Brown University’s CHRHS, Project HOPE, HAEFA, USAID and SCiB) as of September 29, 2021.
  • Two promotional videos, one around 2-min and the other around 5-min in length, are being prepared for publicity of the course.
  • Another version of the improved and revised web design (UI/UX) of this online course will be completed in October 2021.

New HAEFA Diagnostic Path Lab in Balukhali

  • 7-day Onsite training of HAEFA’s two Clinical Laboratory Technologists was completed by the Technical Assistance and Support of LABAID Diagnostics (Main Branch) Laboratory in Dhaka this month.
  • This Diganostic LAB, with a major focus on Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) patietns, will serve the FDMN (Rohingya)  and nearby host communities in Ukhiya.
  • This LAB will perform Lipid profile including cholesterol and triglycerides, HbA1c, Liver function tests including Bilirubin and Alk. Phosphatase, and Renal function tests including Creatinine, Serum Electrolytes, Serum Albumin (for SAM and MAM), Hb% for preganant women, Pregnancy tests, etc .
  • The pathological lab will start functioning and serving the FDMN and host communities in October 2021.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

  • Number of COVID tested in the Rohingya camp: 64018
  • Number of positive cases: 3095
  • The 2nd dose of COVID-19 vaccine was provided in Teknaf and Ukhia UHCs from September 18- 23, 2021. 
  • Among 36,943 people of 50+ years of age, 90% coverage was achieved with the 2nd dose of COVID-19 vaccination of 33,386 people.

Rohingya FDMN Camp Updates, Sept. 2021:

HAEFA healthcare professionals have been giving medical care to the Rohingya Refugees since its establishment in 2017. In September, a total of 6,430 refugees received medical care from HAEFA. A summary of the medical conditions of the patients treated by the three camps of HAEFA is provided below. 

  • Kutupalong (Camp 1w): 
    • Total patients seen: 3219
    • Among them are DM, HTN, Asthma, COPD, Anemia, Presumptive COVID-19, Musculoskeletal Disease, Dermatitis & scabies, Diarrhoea, Malnutrition, Fever, Cough, Dyspepsia, and Helminthiasis were the most prevalent cases.
  • Balukhali (Camp 09):
    • Total patients seen:1615
    • Among them  DM, HTN, Asthma, COPD,  Malnutrition, Anemia, Presumptive COVID-19, Musculoskeletal Disease, Dermatitis & scabies, Diarrhoea, Dyspepsia, Helminthiasis were the most prevalent cases.
    Bhashan Char FDMN:
    • Total patients seen: 1596
    • Among them, DM, HTN, Asthma, Pregnancy,  Presumptive TB, Skin Disease, Fever, and Cough were the most prevalent cases.
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