Creating adequate and efficient healthcare facilities, generating healthcare awareness and building capacity of healthcare providers are instrumental dimensions of healthcare that are an integral component of and prerequisite to development. In the context of Bangladesh, lack of proper food and nutrition, drinking water, hygienic environment etc. leads to malnutrition, diseases and other health hazards. In such situation, the poor villagers cannot afford medication and treatment as there is no health center, no qualified physician, no proper medicine supply at village level. Many poor people, especially children, women and elderly people with dire poverty cannot afford to go to towns and cities for treatment. As such, they always remain without treatment and succumb to a suffering fate until sometimes many of them die of diseases like fever, dysentery, diarrhea etc. which can be easily treated with low cost and prevented with little care at the initial stage. Lack of treatment in appropriate time coupled with lack of adequate nutritious food generates serious health hazards among rural people. In order to mitigate this problem at minimum level, PROCHESTA plans to establish primary healthcare centers to provide basic health education, treatment and medicines to poor villagers for free or with affordable charge.

Since developing such new institutional infrastructures will essentially demand a massive planning and huge resources and will take a long span of time, PROCHESTA has for the time being devoted itself to improving the services of the existing healthcare facilities. It is noteworthy that notwithstanding all inadequacies of resources and facilities it is because of the firm commitment, determination, sacrifices and tireless hard-work of some people under the visionary leadership of a dedicated doctor, Mr. Emdadul Haque, that the sub-district level government Health Complex of Chowgachha has been internationally appraised, accredited and awarded as the exemplary model health complex that such international agencies including WHO, UNDP, UNICEF and the World Bank have recommended the developing nations to follow for their rural healthcare systems. PROCHESTA has been proudly contributing to the Chowgachha Upazila Health Complex in keeping up its reputation and further enhancing its services. Notably, the government has a much less allowance and allocation than this highly reputed Health Complex needs for its daily operations  (e.g. the number of nurses that it needs vis-à-vis it can afford with government allowance). Therefore, in order to supplement the government budget, PROCHESTA is currently sponsoring salaries of some additional nurses who are selected as volunteers/trainees from amongst financially constrained young girls and students.    

PROCHESTA sponsored nurses at Chowgachha Upazilla Health Complex, the internationally recognized model of rural healthcare system for the developing nations.

Dr. Emdadul Haque, who has pioneered the success and achievements of Chowgachha Upazilla Health Complex, attends a poor pregnant mother at the Health Complex.

WHO Director General Margaret Chan visits the best award winning Chowgachha Upazila Health Complex and attends a cordial meeting with its staff in a compacted room.

Arsenic-Free Clean Drinking Water and Sanitary Toilet: Although water is one of the most essential component of life, rural people do not have access to such water that is safe for health. In many places, the ground water that is the only source of drinking water for villagers is contaminated with high level of arsenic that causes great threat to the poor villagers’ health. PROCHESTA wants to ensure free access of poor villagers to germ-free, arsenic-free, clean drinking water. As such, with its current limited resources, PROCHESTA has established at the cost of $ 5,000/- two deep tube wells with water reservoirs in a village that supply arsenic-free, germ-free, clean drinking water for all villagers free of charge. PROCHESTA believes that an estimated budget of $ 5,000/- per village, this facility can be extended to other villages in the interest of water safety for poor villagers.  It is also alarming for health safety that most of the village families do not use sanitary toilet. It is true that some families do not have financial ability to make such toilet while some others can afford but are not aware of its significance. PROCHESTA is trying its best to create a fund to help the poor families to establish sanitary toilet and at the same time generating mass awareness to use such toilet for health safety.