Comprehensive Cleft Treatment:
A cleft lip and/or palate is the most common craniofacial abnormality, which means problems to do with the skull and face. Poverty makes it impossible for most of the cleft patients in Bangladesh to get any surgical help. Their deformed facial structure keeps them from attending schools or finding jobs. These patients are unfortunately, always neglected; especially girls. When a baby is born with cleft, the mother is blamed as being cursed or of having done something wrong while pregnant to cause her baby’s deformity. Surgery is expensive; therefore, it’s not an option for poor families. Most parents are also unaware that the deformity is treatable. Most of these unfortunate children live their lives in shame – unable to eat properly, talk, go to school and are taunted by many. Many children born with cleft are abandoned at birth by their parents. Most parents are not aware of what should be done when their children are born with facial deformities such as cleft lip and palate. These children alienate themselves from society and may ultimately become social burdens. A simple surgery can change the life of a child forever. SNADF through a dedicated team of expert plastic and reconstructive surgeons has been working for the poor children with any anomalies in Bangladesh. SNADF has been providing surgical support free of cost and have changed the lives of more than 7800 children till January 2021.
Health awareness program:
To provide proper information and aware future generation as well as family and community SNADF conducts health education sessions at different Union Health Centers in different regions of Bangladesh. In additional SNADF also conducts consultation sessions in the district level with government, non-government, civil society representatives, journalist and other stakeholders on the issues of cleft lip and palate. Towards mass awareness, sensitization and appropriate information dissemination SNADF produces and distributes poster, leaflet and brochure on the issues of cleft lip/palate and craniofacial treatment. SNADF also conducts awareness programs which is focused to raise awareness and change public attitudes about clefts.
Health screening & Medical camp:
We conduct medical camps in various slums across Dhaka and neighboring areas where the common people are deprived of proper medical care. In the medical camps conducted through our medical team comprised of 3 male and 3 female doctors and 6 nurses, the team provides basic health check-up and provides medicines free of cost to the patients and also conducts one to one consultations on health related matters and group sessions creating awareness for health nutrition, safe delivery and other health related matters.
Preventing blindness through Eye Camps:
SNADF conducts eye camps in different regions of Bangladesh to provide free of charge treatment and cataract operation to people with cases of blindness also thousands of people benefits from this camp through eye examination. Most of the poor people because of their unawareness and poverty they continue to remain needlessly blind. The social and financial hardships created by blindness gravely affect individuals and families in particular and the nation at large. Our free eye camps are a major step against needless blindness. We provide a link to the rural masses by reaching out, seeking the needy patients and restoring their vision. The clinical team (made up of Ophthalmologists and paramedical) examines all patients for eye problems with basic required instruments and equipment which includes dilation and fundus examination to some extent. Refraction is also done in the camp and eyeglasses are offered free of cost to poor patients. People who need cataract surgery are counseled and transported to the designated hospital. No surgery is performed at the camp. All the associated costs are covered by SNADF and patients receive treatment and cataract operation completely free of charge.
Clubfoot Cure project:
Clubfoot is a crippling deformity which is devastating and highly visible physical disability and most common among all congenital deformities of ankle and foot. This gradually robs children of their ability to walk normally, as one or both of their feet turn inward and often backward. While corrective orthopedic surgery is the only alternative for adults suffering from clubfoot to avoid lifelong disability, there is an effective, inexpensive, and permanent treatment alternative for children. The treatment commonly referred to as the Ponseti Method. The method was developed in the 1950s by Dr. Ignacio Ponseti and has been used successfully in many countries. It is an appealing method especially in areas where surgical resources are scarce. The Ponseti method has been recognized by organizations such as WHO, CDC, ISPO and ICRC as the preferred method of Clubfoot treatment. The Ponseti Method involves a gradual correction of one or both of the afflicted feet by casting them in a progressively closer-to-normal foot position. This, of course, takes time, and is most successful while the child is still young and the tissues are soft and pliable. At present, the primary window of opportunity for treating children with clubfoot through the Ponseti Method is believed to be from birth to age five. This project will provide corrective treatment of all clubfoot patients who will be enrolled under this project through Modified Ponseti treatment. Qualified Doctors and Physiotherapists will be the key responsible persons for the treatment. Project Location: 8 districts of Chattogram division- Chattogram, Cumilla, Cox’s Bazar, Feni, Noakhali, Lakshimipur, Chandpur, Brahmanbaria.
Maternal health-care and community well-being:
The basic health needs and awareness are lacking for the people living in urban slums of Dhaka. Awareness creation among women, adolescents about Health, Nutrition, Hygiene, Sanitation, immunization, care during pregnancy, safe delivery/ child birth, STI and family planning methods and providing basic health needs for communicable and non-communicable diseases. Our program is undertaken to provide health interventions for adolescents, women and children.
Support to the permanently disabled:
We help by providing equipment’s and providing support to adults and children with permanent disabilities like wheel chairs, tricycles, set of auxiliary crutches, special chair for people with cerebral palsy etc.
Provide free of cost quality education to poor:
SNADF supports a school in Barisal with residential and non-residential facilities. The curriculum of Bangladesh Madrasha Education Board is followed at the school. The children who studies are mostly orphans or from very poor families and receive quality education free of cost.
Women’s economic empowerment:
We have various programs through which girls and women receive technical skills and vocational training for earning and also provided support like sewing machines and financial help to start up their own venture in the local community.
Training to Doctors and Medical Professionals:
SNADF facilitated nurses training programs and training of young medical specialists at TMSS Medical College and Hospital Bogra to increase treatment capacity and significantly expand ongoing continuing medical education programs, training of young medical specialists, epidemiological studies and other related research projects in the area of reconstructive surgery with special focus on clefts. The training was organized with support from Smile Train. The course content, method of interaction, BLS live demo, cleft lip and palate practical demo, pre and post medical test, quiz and video etc. were the focus areas of the training.
Child marriage awareness program:
SNADF arranged a workshop to share the draft national program that the Prime Minister declared about her absolute commitment to eradicate child marriage from our society within the next 10 years. SNADF facilitated consultants who were working in this project, to consider the valuable comments and suggestions of key public and other civil society members. Thus assisting in developing a holistic national program and action plan to eliminate child marriage in Bangladesh.
Emergency response, disaster support & humanitarian activities:
Relief in flood affected areas (every year since 2014); warm clothes & blankets distribution (every year during winter); food and clothes distribution in the char areas; financial support; financial support and food for the poor people affected by landslide in Rangamati (July 2017) and we try to extend our support to those in need and struggling to survive.
Date Program Location
September 2014: Relief distribution for flood affected people, Bogra
December 2014: Warm clothes distribution program, Bangladesh
January 2016: Winter clothes and blanket distribution, Bangladesh
August 2016: Flood relief distribution, Dunut, Bogra
December 2016: Warm clothes & blankets distribution campaign, Bangladesh
July 2017: Cash Grant for landslide affected people, Kawkhali, Rangamati
August 2017: Flood Relief Drive 2017 phase 1, Dinajpur
September 2017: Flood Relief Drive 2017 phase 2, Shariakandi, Bogra
September 2017: Emergency humanitarian aid phase 1, Ukhiya, Cox’s bazar
October 2017: Humanitarian Aid for Rohingya phase 2, Ukhiya, Cox’s bazar
Dec 2017 – Jan 2018: Warm clothes & blankets distribution campaign Dinajpur, Barisal, Cox’s Bazar
June 2018: Relief distribution for flood affected people, Mouluvibazar, Sylhet
December 2019: Winter clothes & blanket distribution program, Bangladesh
January 2020: Winter clothes & blanket distribution program, Bangladesh
April 2020: COVID-19 Support Program (Medical Supplies & Protective Gears), Dhaka
April – May 2020: COVID-19 Relief – Food pack distribution to 400 families, Dhaka, Kurigram, Tangail
May 2020: Ramadan Food Pack distribution to 410 families, Dhaka, Comilla, Hatiya, Chittagong
July 2020: Flood Relief Program – Food pack distribution to 100 flood affected families, Ulipur Upazila, Kurigram
Dec 2020 – Jan 2021: Winter Clothes and blanket distribution program, Dhaka, Barishal
Apr 2021 – May 2021: COVID-19 Relief Project Bangladesh: Distributed food packages (1 month supply of food and grocery) to 255 families in Dhaka, Bangladesh who lost their livlihood during this unprecedented time.
May 2021: Iftar Distribution Program 2021: Distributed iftar to more than 600 people from different walks of life.
Awareness programs on Environment & Climate Change:
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Skills for earning programs & Vocational and Technical Educational Training for men and youth:
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