Rural Medical Practitioners: The First Line of Defense in Rural Healthcare (Part 1)

Stooping through the doorway to enter what can at best be called a one-room shack stocked with low end medicine, in the sleepy district of Gaibandha, I had my first ever meeting with a ‘Polli-Chikitshak’. For those of you who are less proficient in Bangla, ‘Polli’ is Bangla for village and ‘Chikitshak’ translates to healer/medic. These days however, they prefer to be known as RMPs, or Rural Medical Practitioners. RMPs are the market’s solution to…