The mega-city is emblematic of the health crises in the developing world, and Dhaka is more mega than most--at least 12 million inhabit this burgeoning capitol along the Buriganga River. But with thousands of migrants arriving daily, any statistic is far from concrete. High population density and extreme poverty are only getting worse. Outbreaks of disease are common, and put a strain on an already inadequate and under-staffed health system.
A QUESTION OF SPACE
4,488,000 live in slums
That's 37.4% living in 4,966 communities without proper housing and sanitation
39% of slums flood during the monsoon season
87.6% of births occur at home in these communities
14.7% of slum dwellers have modern toilets
60% dispose of garbage in an open space
COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINIC
Affiliates: BRAC, USAID Staff on hand: Physicians, paramedics, nurses
Services Offered: maternal and child health
Availability: 48.8% of slum dwellers don't have access
In Bangladesh only about 20% of patients seeking health care go to the public facilities. The rest go to a myriad of healers.
PRIVATE: APOLLO HOSPITAL Beds: 450 Nurses: 450 Physicians: 250 Surgeons: 7 Ambulances: 4 PUBLIC/GOV'T DHAKA MEDICAL...