LAMB Health Care Foundation

LAMB Health Care Foundation

Charity information

LAMB Health Care Foundation

‘None shall be turned away’ is the pledge of LAMB hospital in rural north west Bangladesh.

We raise money for a ‘poor fund’ so that no-one is turned away from treatment because of their poverty - it is well known locally that LAMB treats people first and deals with finance later; and so the poor come to LAMB. The average subsidy for an impoverished in-patient is £35 – many local people are agricultural day labourers and earn for their families as little a £1 a day, so would be unable to access hospital care if the poor fund did not exist. The fund costs £80,000 annually – every penny of donations received by LHCF goes to the LAMB project, as our small administrative costs are borne by our Trustees.

The LAMB project was founded 25 years ago and runs a 150 bed hospital, a network of 25 clinics and ‘safe delivery units,’ and sees an average of 460 outpatients a day, many of whom travel long distances for treatment. They come with illnesses like TB, anaemia or malnutrition. The most seriously ill are admitted as in-patients, with some needing surgery. It also provides health care to the 1. 5 million poor in the surrounding villages, using more than 400 trained village health volunteers to raise awareness of how illness can be prevented. One of its proudest achievements is to decrease the number of mothers and children dying in childbirth to half the national level in this area – although of course there is much more to be done! In addition to clinical services LAMB’s work includes;
Working to improve women’s rights and to reduce violence against women.
Training community midwives
Improving the health and education of children with disabilities.

There is more information on www. Lhcf. Org. Uk and also www. Lambproject. Org

Founded 2003