Map room: Dhaka, Bangladesh.

 
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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...

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