Health Promoter screens children in the community
BANGLADESH 2010 © Julie Remy
Tamanna Akter, a recently recruited MSF health promoter, is learning how to screen children in the community with a more experimented health promotion women (PLW) starts.<br />In the Kamrangirchar slum of Dhaka - on the banks of one of the most polluted rivers in the world - MSF runs a primary healthcare centre that provides care to children under five and pregnant and lactating women. Nearby, MSF also runs a therapeutic feeding centre. Through a largely home-based programme, these children are being fed with Plumpy Nut, a thick nutrient-rich peanut paste which helps children regain normal body weight.
Kamrangirchar is one of Dhaka's many slum areas, a product of the urban mass migration that makes this capital the world's most rapidly expanding city. Development of public services and infrastructure has struggled to keep pace, and access to affordable health care is very limited. Formerly used as a dumping ground for the city's rubbish, the Kamrangirchar peninsula only started to become heavily populated over the last few decades. Covering just three square kilometres, the area is now home to 400,000 people. Through its presence, MSF hopes to bring its expertise and experience in treating malnutrition so that more children and their mothers can continue to live and grow up healthily.