This innovative project began in 2018 funded by UK Aid Direct, and since 2022 is moving forward with the financial support of an anonymous donor. We aim to build a compassionate community to ensure people access the health care that they need when living with and dying from serious illness in the Narayanganj City Corporation of Bangladesh.
The project will develop a model of age-attuned, integrated, supportive palliative care in Narayanganj that is inclusive, accessible and sensitive to local needs. The project combines a community-based approach together with working with the primary health care provider at the Bandar Upazila Health Complex. We aim to strengthen the primary health care offered at the Upazila Health Complex by grafting on palliative care skills training and services. This will contribute to the care offered at the complex including for non-communicable diseases (NCD), mental health and disability care. We will also work with key stakeholders to draft a national palliative care plan and present this to the Ministry of Health, and advocate for a national budget allocation for palliative care.