Abdul Halim Khan Foundation is a non-profitable, non-political, non-government, voluntary and charitable organization named after the father of the First Lady of Bangladesh, Begum Rashida Khanam and the Principal of MAHMC, Dr. Naushad Khan. The Foundation provides logistic, corporate, secretarial, managerial and administrative service to President Abdul Hamid Medical College Hospital. It has already organized several medical camps to serve patients suffering from cataract, cleft lip and palate, vaginal prolapse etc. and conducted operations free of cost.
The foundation is approved as non-profit organization by the Government of the People republic of Bangladesh. In addition, the foundation is also approved by the United States as non-profit charitable organization, categorized as 501(C)(3). As such, all donations to the Foundation are tax deductible.
It was established in 2007 with an objective to serve the local community of Kishoreganj and its adjacent Upazilas, to provide FREE medical services to those who cannot afford to pay for the medical services and also to provide financial assistance to the students of the rural areas whose parents cannot afford the cost of their education.
Abdul Halim Foundation Education was established on the belief that education in every sense is one of the fundamental human rights and it is the precondition any social and economic development of a nation. No country can achieve sustainable economic development without substantial investment in human capital. It improves the quality of their lives and leads to broad social benefits to individuals and society. Education raises people’s productivity and creativity and promotes entrepreneurship and technological advances. The Abdul Halim Khan Foundation also understands the need of education in the context of Bangladesh and provides generous scholarships and financial aid to the students of various institutions to promote it. The foundation also exempts tuition fee for the sons and daughters of our glorious freedom fighters.
The following institutions receive funding from the Foundation:
Feroza MATS (Medical Assistant Training School) & Kishoreganj Science &Medical Technology (KSMT): Shortages of health care providers in Bangladesh have significant impact on access to health services and achieving health outcomes. Private Training schools develop a functional health workforce that can meet the current challenges of health system in our country. Feroza MATS and KSMT came into being to meet the needs of the health care system by producing quality medical technicians. Abdul Halim Foundation provide scholarship and financial aid to the students of these institutions.
The Foundation pays scholarships and aid to the meritorious and ultra-poor students of the medical college. ln the absence of such funding, many students would have failed to continue their study and fulfil their dreams. In one instance, the Foundation has not only exempted the monthly Tuition& Hostel Fee but also provides a stipend of Tk. 2,000.00 per month to highly meritorious but very poor student. Without this stipend, the student would be unable to meet his basic needs. Every year students of Karimganj district, who achieve GPA 5 in their SSC Exam receives a scholarship of TK. 3,000.00 per student from the Foundation.
The foundation also helps the poor patients of the community who fail to pay hospital and operation fees. Each year TK 100,000.00 to Tk150, 000.00 is allocated for such activities.
The Foundation’s core belief: Social Responsibility
Social responsibility describes the way we are making a difference to the social and economic well-being of our communities through our teaching, research, and public events and activities. It is our firm belief that every person, organization should give back to the society in its own capacity. Such work becomes even more imperative in the context of Bangladesh where almost one fourth of the population lives below the poverty line. The picture of our healthcare system is even more acute. The number of hospital beds per 10,000 populations is 4; this single statistic is enough to show how desperately our people are suffering. From child malnutrition to adult care; the same picture pervades in every segment of the healthcare system. Throughout the year, we have conducted numerous programs to assist the poor people and it gives us great joy when we see a special smile in our patients’ face.
The Foundation also financed following free medical services:
Health Safety Card: We believe the introduction of Red and Green “Health Safety Card” by our hospital will revolutionize the medical sector. The holders of either of the cards will receive treatment at a very low cost. These low cost cards will give the patient the impetus to visit the medical hospital whenever attention is required, instead of waiting for the disease to reach a chronic level. In Bangladesh, especially in the rural area the inhabitants are very reluctant to visit doctors and hospitals. The features of the Red cards are:
Free Cataract Operation: A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye of leading to a decrease in vision. It mostly affects the senior people of the society and can lead to a troubled living. But a single operation can easily treat this condition. In this respect, we have conducted camps and served more than 200 patients. It gave us great satisfaction to return the visions of our patients. We plan to conduct such more events in the future.
Vaginal Prolapsed Camp: Vaginal prolapse is a condition in which structures such as the uterus, rectum, bladder, urethra, small bowel, or the vagina itself may begin to prolapse, or fall, out of their normal positions. Without medical treatment or surgery, these structures may eventually fall farther into the vagina or even through the vaginal opening if their supports weaken enough. More than 50% of women age 55 and older suffer one or more problems caused by pelvic floor dysfunction. In Bangladesh, many women conceal this syndrome and suffer. At PAHMC we have provided treatment to around hundred patients and gave a new lease of life to them.
Club–Foot Camp: it is a deformity where a foot is twisted so that the sole cannot be placed flat on the ground. It is a great affliction for the affected person, especially for the children. In partnership with Colin Macfarlane, Director, Glancoe Foundation, we have treated twenty children with club foot deformity. The program was a tremendous success.
Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate: are disorders which are very much treatable, but in our country specially the marginal people because of lack of awareness and money fails to treat it. To address this issue, President Abdul Hamid Medical College Hospital arranged a “Free Cleft Lip Operation Camp”. It was a very fulfilling day for the whole team and we will never forget the newfound smiles of patients. We aspire to take more initiatives in the future.
Seminar on Autism and its Management: President Abdul Hamid Medical College & Hospital organized a seminar on Autism and its Management on 15th June 2015 at the PAHMC campus. Dr. Sultana Jahan, Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Missouri, USA presented the keynote paper on autism. She has a wealth of experience on this field. After the Seminar, she conducted a one-to-one session with a few autistic patients. This program helped to raise the awareness level regarding autism as it still remains somewhat an arcane subject among Bangladeshi people.
Approval of Abdul Halim Foundation as non-profit charitable organization (501C3) by the United States: