On February 13, 2022, Community Partners International and Green Hill welcomed distinguished guests to the official opening ceremony of the new Health Post in Camp 1W of Kutupalong Refugee Camp, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
Chief guest Mr. Shah Rejwan Hayat, Commissioner of the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commission, cut the ribbon at the start of the ceremony to formally open the Health Post with help from guests-of-honor Mr. Mahfuzur Rahman, Camp-in-Charge (Deputy Secretary), Camp 1E, Camp 1W, and Camp 4, Mr. Md. Abu Bakkar Siddique, Assistant Camp-in-Charge, Mr. Moung Thowai Ching, Founder and Executive Director of Green Hill and Mr. Abul Bashar, Program Director.
After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the guests received a guided tour of facilities and services offered at the Health Post and were introduced to members of staff. The post, funded by Community Partners International and operated by local partner Green Hill, serves Bangladesh host communities and Rohingya refugees and offers a wide range of primary health care services encompassing general outpatient care, disease prevention and care, prenatal and postnatal care, safe birth referrals, family planning, gender-based violence prevention and care, a general pharmacy and basic laboratory. The health post outreach team provides health education to the surrounding community to improve general health and hygiene.
In his keynote speech, Mr. Shah Rejwan Hayat thanked Green Hill and Community Partners International and remarked on the importance of the Health Post for the Bangladeshi host communities living in its vicinity. “Please let the host community know about this facility so that everyone can receive treatment here. They will feel supported and honored by these services,” he said. “The environment in this Health Post is very good - there is lots of space and fresh air,” he added. “To those of you working here, please make sure you give your very best to ensure the quality of health services.” he continued. “A patient can often be helped with warm words and kind gestures. Please keep that in mind when you are providing care.”
Mr. Mahfuzur Rahman also commented on the quality of the environment at the Health Post. “Many of the health posts and primary health centers that we visit feel quite cramped and congested and people have to stand and wait for a long time. But this one feels different - everything is well designed and the space is well ventilated. It feels good coming here. We expect and believe that this establishment will provide good services to the local communities here.”
In his remarks, Mr. Moung Thowai Ching, Founder and Executive Director of Green Hill, thanked the distinguished guests for making time in their busy schedules to support the Health Post opening. “Your support encourages us and will help us to provide better services to all local communities. I hope that the government authorities will continue to support us in this way so that we can achieve much more together.”
Community member Laila Begum also provided her perspective on the Health Post at the ceremony. “I received good treatment from this Health Post and I am grateful for that,” she explained. “I had some health issues like knee pain and stomach problems. They took good care of me and provided medicine completely free.”