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Remote to Reached: Help Us Bridge the Gap for Bandarban’s Healthcare Access

Bandarban a hilly district with dense tropical forests, lies within the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), and stands as a district marked by its isolation and inaccessibility. This remoteness poses a significant challenge, depriving many of its communities of getting essential services and opportunities, mostly healthcare and education (low literacy rate of 63.4%). Nearly half of the population (49.9%) live in poverty, Bandarban is country’s one of the most impoverished areas. Furthermore, it has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country, as well as inadequate sanitation standards, which contribute to the prevalence of diarrheal diseases in the community. This health problem is aggravated by the region’s status as the most malaria-endemic district, with 76% of the nation’s cases documented in 2022 alone.

The beautiful district, with its varied ethnic groups, distinct languages, traditions, and geographical features, presents significant challenges in reaching and assisting these populations, particularly in rural areas that remain underserved despite development efforts mostly concentrated on urban areas.

Officials frequently fail to count or register the communities due to lack of proper village list along with its boundary information and it acts as a barrier to reach out to the remote and under-privileged community. Health care centers in some cases remain located a long way from remote villages and influence peoples’s health care seeking behavior. Therefore, inaccessibility and health care seeking behavior are two factors that make remote communities difficult to monitor and respond to for diseases. Without accurate maps and data, diseases like malaria are challenging and, hindering last mile efforts to eliminate malaria. 

Working on these specific issues will aid in enhancing the quality of life of the people by preventing malaria and strengthening the malaria elimination program and the eradication of malaria will be beneficial to both the people and the country.

GroupMappers, MORU’s initiative, has been actively engaged in the village mapping project since 2017. Employing a participatory GIS approach, this initiative involves local engagement to validate and record maps. These maps serve as crucial records in the government’s malaria program, offering visibility and recognition to these communities. By addressing these challenges, GroupMappers aims to enhance the quality of life for these communities, prevent diseases like malaria, and bolster the malaria elimination program, thereby benefiting both the people and the country.

With 2700 villages in Bandarban, your assistance in mapping these communities will empower us to understand their geospatial dynamics, a crucial step in improving their overall welfare.

Understanding demographics, healthcare access, and infrastructure needs within each village is pivotal to tailor effective, targeted solutions.

By charting the locations of health facilities, we can enhance the accessibility of essential medical services across the district.

Mapping roadways, boat routes, rivers, and water bodies enables us to optimize access scenarios and explore alternative transportation methods, ensuring efficient and diverse means of movement for these communities.

Travel scenarios data will be collected that will give us travel times, distances and modes of transport to optimize networks for healthcare and service delivery. This approach enables us to assess any accessibilities including water, healthcare accessibility and determine the quickest routes to reach forest-based communities, nearest health facilities and any other place of services more efficiently.

Our current focus revolves around five crucial aspects where we seek your contribution to assist us

This comprehensive data will be our crucial guide for interventions. It will ensure that healthcare reaches the most remote corners, that education reachers to every child, and that improved sanitation and hygiene practices become a reality for all.

This will empower these communities by building capacity through participatory mapping initiatives. With this knowledge, they can actively improve their well-being and understand their vital role in the malaria elimination effort.

By taking collective action, we can significantly accelerate the malaria elimination process in Bangladesh.

Your contributions will make a substantial difference in mapping villages, aiding targeted healthcare, disaster response, and community development in Bandarban, Bangladesh.

Choose from the following donation options:

Directly through the Oxford Development Office

Other

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Bank Account

Sazid Ibna Zaman
Shahjalal Islami Bank Ltd.
Branch Name: Panthapath Branch
A/C No: 4023 11100003977
Routing No: 190263610

+880 1793-593-083

Sazid Ibna Zaman

( Personal Number )

You can also donate through cash or cheque by visiting our office:

Address: House 6/20 (1st floor), Block E, Lalmatia, Mohammadpur, Dhaka-1207, Bangladesh.

Mobile: +880 1793 593 083

After the payment, please fill out the donor information form to ensure transparency.

Learn more about the founders

Richard Maude

GroupMappers founder and Head of Epidemiology

Department at MORU, Bangkok, Thailand.

Sazid Ibna Zaman

GroupMappers Lead and GIS Specialist of Epidemiology

Department at MORU, Bangkok, Thailand.