Dhaka Community Hospital Trust (DCH Trust) is a trust-owned private, non-profit making and self-financed organization providing health care for low-income underprivileged people. It was established in 1988. Since its inception, Dhaka Community Hospital has been implementing with an integrated and sustainable health care delivery system at an affordable cost in both the urban and rural areas of Bangladesh. Besides basic health care services, this organization is also working for disaster management, arsenic mitigation, safe water supply and community-based development program. Special focus and emphasis is given on gender equity. It has successfully introduced a health insurance scheme in its project areas. The idea is to bring modern health care facilities to the less affluent section of the population at a cost which they can afford. DCH Trust has a fully equipped hospital with 500 beds, as well as established medical institutes like Medical College, Institute of Community Health, Nursing Institute and various Paramedic and Medical technology courses.
DCH has a large experience to work disaster risk reduction and management both in nationally and internationally. Nationally DCH provides health service and implement rehabilitation programme during and post-disaster like building collapse, cyclone, tornado and flood and internationally it provided health service and training during an earthquake in Pakistan in 2005. DCH successfully responded to the SIDR 2007 with affected people on Health, Shelter and Safe Water and Sanitation aspect.
DCH Trust has established a functional and professional collaboration with several reputed national and international organizations and academic institutions and been able to mobilize human and material resources for a challenging program. Some of the collaborating institutions are as Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) Harvard University, Oregon State University- USA, Boston Children Hospital-USA, Asia Pacific Alliance (A-PAD), Asian Disaster Risk Reduction Network (ADRRN), Mercy Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Jadavpur University, India, South Australia University-Australia, CRC CARE-Australia, UNDP-Bangladesh, UNICEF-Bangladesh, UNFPA- Bangladesh, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B).
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