Suhana & Anis Ahmed Foundation (SAAF), a philanthropic organisation, has donated new medical equipment worth Tk30 lakh to the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b).
SAAF made the donation in a bid to boost icddr,b's effort in providing free of charge diarrhoeal disease and malnutrition treatment to its patients, read a press release.
The Dhaka Hospital of icddr,b is the largest one of its kind in the world. icddr,b together with its Matlab Hospital provides free of charge treatment to over 200,000 vulnerable people every year.
Medical equipment includes portable X-ray machine, infusion pump, cardiac monitor, defibrillator machine, GlideScope/video laryngoscope, ECG machine, crash carts, pulse oximeters (robust version), non-contact thermometers, digital BP machine, oxygen flow meter, AMBU bag, among others.
These equipment will be used at icddr,b's Dhaka Hospital (formerly Cholera Hospital) at Mohakhali in providing medical services to locals.
Commencing its journey in 2009, SAAF has been striving for bringing positive social changes through finding creative means of supporting the underprivileged.
On the occasion, co-founder and trustee of SAAF Anis Ahmed said, "icddr,b has been selflessly providing free of charge treatment to locals since its inception in the sixties. Many adults would not be alive today without the timely care of this hospital. We feel great to be a part of this noble effort of icddr,b and we believe with our support icddr,b will continue to serve more people with quality care."
In his remark, icddr,b's Executive Director Dr Tahmeed Ahmed said, "Without the generous support from donors and philanthropists across the world including Suhana and Anis Ahmed Foundation, it would be a daunting task to keep on serving those who are in need. I would like to thank SAAF for their gracious support, and would like to invite others to join hands in our endeavour to provide free of charge treatment to the disadvantaged people of the country."
Both the organisations share a common mission of Bangladesh in which more people survive and receive quality healthcare. The partnership is expected to grow more in the days to come in order to further strengthen icddr,b's efforts in saving lives.