Rural Medical Practitioners: The first line of defense in rural healthcare (Part 2)

After informally interviewing about a dozen RMPs, the one question that kept nagging us was the quality of the treatment provided by rural Bangladesh’s most frequently consulted health practitioners. As we mentioned in our previous post on rural health practitioners, as of 2011, there were 130,000 RMPs operating in rural Bangladesh. So we thought that it was time to look into the training institutions that bestowed the RMP certifications. Within Gaibandha, we came across 5…

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…