Mobile penetration in rural Bangladesh, and its possibilities

Chikitsha’s “deep dive” to the north was my first long stay in rural Bangladesh after several years, primarily due to a study break abroad. Because of the long break in between, however, this trip showed me a lot of stark contrasts against my last visit memories that I might not otherwise have noticed. Among other things, this trip showed me how fast rural Bangladesh has embraced some new technologies, and I began wondering about all…

Perceptions about Healthcare: Stories from Rural Bangladesh

Having lived in urban centers all my life, I was quite excited to have the opportunity to reside in rural Bangladesh for a week long deep dive- a research endeavor that my team and I undertook to get a basic understanding the typical healthcare experiences of the rural population. My destination was a small village in Niyamatpur in the district of Kishoreganj. The very first thing that struck me early in my experience was the…

The Building Blocks of the Government Healthcare System

With a doctor to patient ratio of approximately 1: 3500, Bangladesh faces significant challenges when it comes to providing its citizens with access to healthcare. The government has an extensive healthcare infrastructure, running along the geographical administrative lines, to create a hierarchy that provides primary healthcare and family planning services at the grassroot level and gradually escalates a patient up the chain to more sophisticated care at Upazila or District hospitals. According to the 2012…