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Bangladesh

Our partner, 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.

The organization was founded in 1999 by Dr. Iftikher Mahmood, to serve the most vulnerable members of Bangladeshi society: poor mothers and children. HOPE is the only provider of fistula surgery in the coastal Chittagong region.

Who are our current partners?

HOPE Hospital

  • Location: Cox’s Bazar
  • Partner Since: 2010
How much funding have we granted?

Current Partners

  • HOPE Hospital – $1,407,123 since the start of our partnership
  • Information about funds provided through Fistula Foundation’s Covid-19 Emergency Fund is available here.

News from the Field

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.
Meet Mumtaz from Bangladesh  •  March 19, 2018
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When our team met Mumtaz Begum, she was a 22 year-old mother living with her small son in a refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, near the border with Myanmar....
When our team met Mumtaz Begum, she was a 22 year-old mother living with her small son in a refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, near the border with Myanmar. Her small family was forced to flee their home, as the Myanmarese army continued to burn Rohingya villages. Mumtaz was in the final stages of pregnancy, but her family’s lives were on the line. Despite her condition, she made the grueling, days-long journey to safety in Bangladesh with her son.

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