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Bangladesh

As Bangladesh’s only fistula treatment center, HOPE Hospital is a lifeline to impoverished women in the region—and to recent Rohingya refugees.

Why We Work in Bangladesh

In southern Bangladesh, nine in ten women give birth at home without any support from trained medical professionals. Too often, this results in needless loss of life for the mother or baby, or in preventable injuries like obstetric fistula. While the country has enjoyed strong social progress for women in the last decade, including greater representation in the workforce and in the government, there is still much work to be done.

In late 2017, the Chittagong region at the southern border began to receive a huge influx of Rohingya refugees, fleeing violence in neighboring Myanmar. With resources already taxed by widespread poverty in the region,  local healthcare providers have struggled to keep up with the growing demand on their services. Now more than ever, support is vital for vulnerable women of all ethnicities in Bangladesh.

What You Help Us Do

We are investing in the following areas to build Bangladesh’s in-country medical services and provide life-transforming surgery to as many women as possible:

Meet Our Partners

We are currently partnering with HOPE Hospital to deliver fistula treatment to women in Bangladesh.  Fistula Foundation has been proud to partner with HOPE since 2010. HOPE is the only provider of fistula surgery in the coastal Chittagong region.

What projects are we currently funding?

HOPE Hospital was founded nearly two decades ago by our trusted partner Dr. Iftikher Mahmood, to serve the most vulnerable members of Bangladeshi society: poor mothers and children.

The current hospital is a 40-bed charitable facility with eight rural medical centers, a training center for midwives, and a strong network of local staff and volunteers across southern Bangladesh.

How much funding have we granted?

HOPE Hospital

  • Pending grant for FY2019
  • $69,500 in FY2018
  • $99,760 in FY2017
  • $239,600 in FY2016
  • $110,868 in FY2015
  • $158,463 in FY2014
  • $110,000 in FY2013
  • $22,883 in FY2012
  • $54,326 in FY2011
  • $35,000 in FY2010

News from the Field

HOPE: On the Front Lines of the Rohingya Crisis, and Beyond [1:46]  •  February 01, 2019
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Before the crisis, HOPE Hospital worked tirelessly to heal every woman who came through their doors. Now, the Rohingya refugee crisis has added a new challenge. We think you'll be...
Before the crisis, HOPE Hospital worked tirelessly to heal every woman who came through their doors. Now, the Rohingya refugee crisis has added a new challenge. We think you'll be moved watching this footage from the front lines. HOPE Hospital has been a lifeline to women in a truly desperate situation.
HOPE Amidst a Refugee Crisis  •  April 17, 2018
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OPE Hospital, Fistula Foundation’s partner in Bangladesh, has been on the front lines of the Rohingya refugee crisis. Amidst the sprawling refugee camps, HOPE has begun to identify fistula patients....
OPE Hospital, Fistula Foundation’s partner in Bangladesh, has been on the front lines of the Rohingya refugee crisis. Amidst the sprawling refugee camps, HOPE has begun to identify fistula patients. They are working tirelessly to bring aid in a dire situation. 22 year-old Setara Begum told her harrowing story as a Rohingya refugee. When her labor became complicated, she didn’t dare seek medical help at the local hospital, after hearing numerous reports of life-threatening medical malpractice by Myanmarese physicians against Rohingya patients.
Hope Hospital: A Beacon for Fistula Patients in Bangladesh  •  November 16, 2015
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Cox’s Bazar Women and Children’s Hospital — a project of Hope Foundation serves the people living in remotest area of Bangladesh. In some specialised services like fistula operation, they provide...
Cox’s Bazar Women and Children’s Hospital — a project of Hope Foundation serves the people living in remotest area of Bangladesh. In some specialised services like fistula operation, they provide tertiary care at free of cost which is even rare in some district level hospitals. The Cox’s Bazar Women and Children’s Hospital, which is more known as Hope Hospital started service mainly in maternal and child care.

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