Gonoshasthaya Kendra (GK) Promotes community health literacy
Since 1972, Gonoshasthaya Kendra (GK) a public charitable foundation developed integrated Primary health Care (PHC) in rural Bangladesh. Presently GK provides full preventive, nutritional and basic curative care among 1.2 million people in 17 disadvantaged rural areas mainly with trained Community Health Workers (over 75% are females), paramedics, TBAs and a small number of qualified physicians. Every programme has a Local Management Committee which is chaired by an elected female member of Union Parishad (Local Council).
Poor families get all services almost free of charges while middle class and rich families pay user fees and full price of essential medicines. Home delivery and frequent visit during first 4 weeks are promoted, supervised and followed.