Mamata has been providing extensive service in the Field of FP-MCH since 1983. Initially Mamata were providing FP doorstep service to the eligible couple and MCH service in clinic especially to the poorest of the poor segment of population in Chittagong City Corporation. Mamata started it’s activities initially in the 3 wards of CCC with its volunteer groups and attained success in creating awareness and to motivate the people in the field of Health and Family welfare. Mamata has been continuing her dedicated and remarkable journey since 1983 to till today. During the period of this long journey Mamata took financial and technical assistance from Govt. subvention fund from July 1984 to June 1986. After June 1986 Mamata took financial and technical support of FPSTC from August 1986 to July 1997 for Family Planning Services Project. In this long period Mamata Successfully completed her agreement with FPSTC. Thereafter Mamata made five years agreement with JSI/USAID for having financial and technical support from August 1997 to June 2002 for family health service. After a successful completion of that five years agreement with JSI/ USAID Mamata has received award from NSDP/ Pathfinder International from July 2002 to December 2004. Presently Mamata Health Program (MHP) run by Mamata own fund from January 2005 to till today. Within the purview of the Mamata Health Program (own fund) has been Covering 4.5 lacs population. .
Reproductive Health :
Mamata has been running a 20 beds maternity center in Bandartila area under it’s own funding and management. Through which Mamata has been providing EOC service including Safe delivery and also ANC PNC service, EPI, Family Planning, treatment of TB and other communicable diseases and treatment of general ailments. Under this clinic 100 plus delivery (Caesarian Section & Safe delivery) have been conducted per month. The area is predominantly inhabited by the Garments workers and others poorest section of people and we provide them health services at subsidized rate. This Centre remains open for 24 hours services, so that working women and their children can avail health care services at their convenient time.
Mamata started this Maternity in the year 2002 with the financial and technical support of UPHCP funded by ADB and UNFPA. Initially it was a 10 bed Maternity center. Over the period of time and as the demand of service increase from the people particularly from the poor segment of population we turned this center into a 60 bed maternity. The UPHCP support for centre ended on 31.12.2012. Since January, 2013 Mamata has been running the maternity with it’s own funding and management. This centre is fully equipped with all facilities related to EOC, Normal delivery and all sorts of reproductive health services. There are specialist Doctors having gynea consultant, EOC specialists, pediatric consultant, anesthologists with other senior medical officers, A total of 24 doctors along with required numbers of nurses, paramedics and support staffs are working in this clinic round the clock. Other than the EOC services this centre provides ESP + services to the people of Chittagong City Corporation and sub-urban areas and adjacent upazilas. On an average 400 plus deliveries (CS+NVD) have been conducted in this centre and so far since inception 45000 deliveries have been conducted in this maternity centre. In addition daily 150 outdoor patients have been provided with healthcare in this centre. ``Mamata Maternity” has become a brand name in this part of the country for it’s outstanding services to the people particularly to the poor.
MAMATA has been running 6 Health centres in different Wards of Chittagong City Corporation with 36 satellite sites and have been providing with ESP + service to the Urban poors and Middle and lower Middle class families. Over all goal of Mamata in implementing the health service is to improve health status of the urban population especially poors in Chittagong.
7 Unions of Chandanaish Upazila A) Kanchanabad B) Joara C) Hasimpur D) Dohazari E) Dopachori F) Boiltali G) Sabaria
Mamata has been working in the field of micro finance Program since October 1994 with urban and rural poor
people along with small entrepreneurs for their socio-economic development. The program mainly focused on women
members for creating access in decisions making process through empowerment and self-employment of the people
particularly to women. The clients uses their loan in various income generating activities (IGA) like Grocery
shop, cow rearing, goat rearing, poultry, diary, fishing, ready made garments, housing, handicrafts industry,
cottage industries. In addition, Mamata provides insurance coverage to all Loanee Members on their Loan amount to
reduce their financial liabilities after death.
Similarly the entrepreneurs can take enterprise loan under their running business or mini/small industries or livestock, fishing and poultry project. The investment aims to create more employment & local level production in working area and protected the graduated members for attaining sustainable level through different types of awareness, training & monitoring.
The micro finance program has been facing challenge to provide loan and other financial support to hard-core poor in the initial stage of the program. From 2006, Mamata introduced an interest free loan for Rural Beggars for involving them in local financial activities and provide utility loan for reducing their life hazard.
Presently Mamata has expanded its micro finance program covering 55,000 members in Chittagong City Corporation and 9 upazilas of Chittagong district through 36 Branches with the support of different development partners like PKSF, Aunukul Foundation, Grameen Trust, Credit and Development Forum (CDF), Attaining strong financial self sufficiency, Mamata Savings and credit program are improving its monitoring tools, record keeping and accounting system regularly basis according to its program needs. .
In our experience in running the Micro finance Program during the last two decades we determined that a good number of newcomer entrepreneurs of different trade and professions who possess required knowledge skill, experience, will-power and other resources to run small enterprise; but due to the lack of fund they could not promote such business; i.e. Trading, small cottage industries, housing livestock, fishing etc. In view of the above Mamata established a separate division titled “Enterprise Development division” with the objective to support small entrepreneurs financially and technically to start and develop new business enterprise and also to improve status of existing business. Mamata has been attaching preference to the women entrepreneurs in this initiative; which played an important role for the empowerment of women leading towards substantial contribution to the economic growth of our country. In the year 2013 there was regular crisis in socio – economic sector of Bangladesh due to political instability, workers agitation in garments sector which makes our Mamata Savings and Credit Program (MSCP) vulnerable in all respects. But our dedicated colleagues with their whole hearted efforts faced the challenge and presented a successful year for the organization.
In the various meeting with higher authority of PKSF, concerned personnel of PKSF
shown keen interest to broaden programmatic and financing support in our
organization considering our performance and strength in the micro credit field. As well
as Aunukul Foundation is also increased its financing in income generating activities of
AN MSCP’s Contribution towards health and education project
Mamata MSCP Program also contributed Tk. 13.90 lacs as subsidy for education of disadvantaged children under Early Child Care Development Centers and Mamata Health service program to provide low cost health services for poor members and non-members of its working area to ensure integrated micro credit-health service-education approach.
This year Mamata strengthened it’s endeavors for delivery of health services to the beneficiaries of Microfinance through integrated approach with Mamata Health Program (MHP).
PKSF, Anukul Foundation has been providing with financial and technical support to Mamata which have contributed in the capacity built up and expansion of Microfinance activities in our catchments area.
Mamata has been continuing CEPZ Corporate Pilot Project with corporate sector to achieve the objectives to improve the lives of 32,000 garments worker of Youngone and other companies of Chittagong Export Processing Zone (CEPZ), 12000 Youngone garment’s workers for flexible micro- finance access with a view to economic decision making & empowerment of effective utilization of savings and credit with other comprehensive services and 10,000 from community and other factories with positive change in their livelihood through awareness rising, access to low cost health care services. This is an innovative project where Mamata, Timberland- potential byres of Youngone Company and Care Bangladesh develop a tripartite management system. The support of Timberland and CAR Bangladesh were continued from 2002 to 2009. There after Mamata continued this project with their own resource. The Operational mechanism & service delivery approaches are Peer approach, Community approach, Booth operation, Counseling & motivation, DIC (Drop- in center) based interventions, services & information, Satellite door steps services for community and Advocacy & community mobilization.
MAMATA under the technical assistance of CARE and financial support of WALMART implemented a project
“Global Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative” in selected 07 (seven) garment factories in Chittagong where
total no. of 17,900 workers targeted and 25 staff are now working with this project. The most socially,
economically and politically marginalized women are empowered. Path of change focused on women exercising
greater choice in decisions affecting their lives; reduced violence against women: and the emergence of strong
social movements built on women's solidarity and participation of men.
Create an ecosystem in which women workers attain their full potential, positively contributing to their careers and personal lives.
Mamata has been implementing DSWWR Project aiming to developed better working & living environment for women workers in Southern Zone of Chittagong City. Under this project, Mamata sensitized the stakeholders and aware 14,375 workers directly to get better wages, working condition & avail their rights and improved personal health, hygiene, environment and living condition in factory and community level and 71,875 workers indirectly to get above service. Mamata are also working to inform, educate and aware members of WRWC and potential workers regarding their positive roles and responsibility in “EPZ Trade Union and Industrial Relation Bill 2004” and BEPZA Instruction 1 & 2.
Mamata Signed a MOU with BSR to implement HER project at 10 Garments Factories in Chittagong, Main Activities of this project to provide training on Health & Hygiene, Reproductive Health & Family Planning, Maternal Heath & Child vaccination, Food & Nutrition, Occupational Health & Safety and Prevention of STII/HIVAIDS among 12,500 Female Garments workers .
BSR’s HERproject catalyzes partnerships along global supply chains to improve female workers’ health and create business value.
Mamata has been working with the Garments Workers of Chittagong Export Processing Zone (CEPZ) areas for the development of their socio – economic status, labour and human rights, Health and livelihood since 2002 under different project / program interventions. From 2009 Mamata has been working for Early Childhood Care & Development (ECCD) of the children of Garments Workers and of the Children of downtrodden segment of population in southern part of Chittagong City area. Initially ECCD Program was started with 50 Children of the garments workers to improve the status of these children in education, cultural activities & health care. The out come and experience of this endeavor over the years were excellent and by the year 2010 the enrolment stood up to 100 and the scope of work under ECCD was expanded in the field of play and games, cultural activities and extra curriculum activities. Now enrolment stood up to 600 with the inclusion of PPHP Project. At present Mamata has been running 10 ECCD center by 2 shifts.
In Bangladesh, violence against children is a common phenomenon. The situation is
worse in the slums and work settings in the city of Chittagong. Children are often
victimized in family, community, institution and even on work settings in various forms
of violence like physical and humiliating punishment and or corporal punishment.
People migrate from rural to urban areas in search of economic opportunities, not in
search of social services. Such services are virtually non existent in slums and the
condition are much worse than in rural communities. Slums are characterized byfactors including poor housing, very high population density and the low socioeconomic
status of residents who have no security of tenure. The root causes of
violence are poverty, lack of education, lack of sensitization, negligence of
parents/caregivers & duty bearers. Slums are mostly over crowded and there are
dearth of common amenities like health hygiene, water and sanitation leading to
environmental degradation. Slums lack even the most essential facilities associated
with urban life such as running water, sewerage system, latrines, waste disposal
services and electricity.
PPHP Case Study
MAMATA-PPHP project has started with lofty goal on 1st June 2013 in order to reduce physical and humiliating punishment at urban slum and work settings in the Chittagong City Corporation Area. As per project guideline, we have identified 20 work settings and 20 Slums in considering accomplishment of immediate objectives’ indicators. By getting enormous effort of MAMATA management we the PPHP team have been working to complete the project activities successfully since June 2013 and nearly we are going to achieve up to the mark. Now 10 ECCD centre are functioning properly and 629 children are attending classes and participating in extra curricular activities.
According to the Factory Act of 1965, the factory management should make the provision of child day care center where more than 50 staff work. In the light of this act MAMATA has been operating 6 Child Day Care Centers in CEPZ and outside CEPZ. Phulki of Dhaka provided training to our staff to run the day care centers. Factory Owners have been providing financial and logistic support for operating the centers. The center takes care of children of working mothers; provide nutritional food support and periodical health check up to all inmates. The parents meeting held every month to aware health issues. The running of these Child Care Centers have improved working atmosphere and output of the working mothers at the factory level as they feel free and convenient to keep their children in the child care centers. In the Child Care Center children gets comprehensive cares including bathing, sleeping and exposure to game and activities for early childhood.
Mamata is a forerunner NGO to launch Campaign against HIV/AIDS in Chittagong Metropolitan area. It conducted an evaluation of HIV/AIDS prevalence status in Chittagong in the year 2001 with publication of it’s report. Chittagong is the port City and the largest Export Processing Zone (EPZ) is situated in this City. The EPZ is located in the working area of Mamata in CCC ward nos. 38 and 39; while vast majority of EPZ workers, 90% of whom are female are also living in ward nos. 38, 39, 40 and 41 which are also within the catchments area of Mamata. In addition to Health Programs, Mamata has been implementing several project focusing prevention of HIV/AIDS, specially through CEPZ Corporate Pilot Project (CCPP), Development of the Status of the Women Worker’s Rights in the Southern zone of the Chittagong City (DSWWR), HER Project and GWEEI Project. In order to create awareness regarding STI, HIV/AIDS Mamata started its HIV/AIDS prevention program from 1997. Since then Mamata worked with Truckers, Rickshaw Puller, Dock Labor, Seamen, Sailors, Ghat Labor and Godown Labor, Commercial Sex Workers, garments Workers, Saloon Workers, Marin Cadets and Adolescent and Youths and make them aware about HIV/AIDS and its prevention.
Mamata sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) as sub recipient (SR) with BRAC Bangladesh to implement Malaria control Program in the Chandanish Upazila in the District of Chittagong. BRAC is one of the principal recipients (PR) of the grant Under GFATM – R6 in Malaria control program under Malaria and Parasitic Disease Control Unit of DGHS under the Ministry of Health and Family welfare (MOH&FW). Under this program Mamata established One Laboratory to Early Diagnosis & Prompt Treatment (EDPT) and promoting to increase accessibility to treatment through EDPT and Promoting to use of Insecticide treated mosquito nets (ITMN).
Tuberculosis (TB) is a major public Health problem in Bangladesh since long. The Bangladesh TB program has already achieved its global targets for case detection and treatment success rates. However, there is now consensus that meeting these targets alone is not enough to reduce morbidity, mortality and transmission of TB. Delays in case finding are a major problem in Bangladesh. Innovative and sustainable approaches are needed to increase universal access to TB care in order to ensure that all TB patients in the urban and rural communities are able to make routine and early use of high quality diagnosis and treatment services.
To reduce extreme housing problems of homeless, ultra poor and lower middle class families and people uprooted by river erosion, Bangladesh Bank introduced ‘Grihayan Tahbil’ i.e. ‘Housing Fund’ in the year 1998. Mamata signed an agreement with ‘Grihayan Tahbil’ of Bangladesh Bank on 07.11.2012 to construct 100 houses in Patiya, Boalkhali and Anowara upazila of Chittagong district.
Side-by-side with creating awareness of the children on mental health issues to support healthy growing up pf the children, Mamata is operating a musical school at Bandartila, South Halisahar since 1990, The name of the school is Mamata Musical School, Currently at this school experienced & reputed music Teacher and musician teach music, Dance, Song. A qualified Drawing Teacher to teach on drawing three days a week from 4.00 PM to 6.00PM. The student of Mamata Musical School celebrates and observed all national days including welcoming the New Year and bidding farewell to the last year with due cultural respects.
Safe water & sanitation is the Human Rights Declared by United Nations. In this aspect
NGO Forum for Public Health to started “Enhancing Governance and Capacity of Service
Providers and Civil Society in Water supply and Sanitation Sectors EGCSCin WSS)”
Project from January 2013 with the financial support of European Union for 59 Unions of
6 Eco Zone / Hart – to Reach area Like :
1) Exposed Coastal Area
2) Drought-prone Area
3) Char Area
4) Haor Area
5) Flood-prone Area
6) Hilly Area
Mamata has been implementing this Project in BaharChara union & Khankhanabad Union of Banshkhai Upazilla Of Chittagong District as a sub Partner of NGO Forum for Public Health from February 2013.
To contribute to improved Public Health
Good governance in promotion of pro-poor safe and sustainable water supply and sanitation services
1: Capacity of Local Government Institutions (LGI) and Civil Society enhanced for facilitating effective delivery of safe water supply and environmental sanitation services.
2: Increased access to safe water supply, sanitation and hygiene practices for reducing health burden among poor and vulnerable communities in rural hard-to-reach areas.
3: Increased sensitization of relevant actors, service providers, LGIs and other stakeholders on the importance of effective water supply and sanitation services
a) Providing Development Package services in the Vulnerable Group Development (VGD) Program under Chittagong
District implemented by MOWCA of GOB
b) Project Dignity for rural beggars : Under the financial and technical support of Grameen Trust, Mamata has been implementing, “Project Dignity” to improve lives and livelihood and improve dignity of rural beggars in our society, whom we called “Struggle members.” The project started from 1st June, 2006 and has been continuing till, although financial technical support has been withdrawn from Grameen Trust and now we have been implementing the project in integrated approach with our Microfinance program.
Some information regarding the project : (i) Number of members (beggars) enrolled till date : 613, Present number of members: 251, Loanee members 214, Savings balance Tk. 12,569/-, Loan outstanding : Tk. 1,58,524. Members left begging: 40 and has become regular group member of Microfinance: 40. Mamata has been providing 3 types of supports for their economic emancipation: One is interest free loans called “Easy Loan” for initiating/conducting small financial activity to improve their livelihood. It has no repayment schedule, they can pay it back at a time suitable to them according to income they can generate from IGA. They produce and procure homestead essential items utilizing this loan and can sell them to the Villagers during their visits along with begging. We provide them loan to them for buying essential utility items like Mosquito-net, Blanket, Bed, Umbrella etc. for improved livelihood. They are also provided with IGA training to foster their economic empowerment so that they can live in the Society with “Dignity” and for mainstreaming them.