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Bangladesh

National Platform Member Organization

Dhaka Community Hospital Trust

Dhaka Community Hospital (DCH) Trust is a non-profit, self-sustaining, community-financed integrated health providing organization. Its major focuses are on health care service, disaster risk reduction and emergency response, and arsenic and health research. It has 30 rural health care centers across Bangladesh..

Community Initiative Society

Community Initiative Society (CIS) is a non-governmental, non-profit and non-political network based in Bangladesh. CIS functions as a network of humanitarian organizations and works for Disaster Management and capacity building for other humanitarian organizations. CIS also developed as a secretariat with its own specific capability.

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Representative

  • Quazi Quamruzzaman

    Chairman, Dhaka Community Hospital Trust (1998-Present)

    Prof. Dr. Quamruzzaman is a founder and chairman of Dhaka Community Hospital Trust and also serves as a chairman of Bangladesh Disaster Preparedness Center. He is a member of National Steering Committee for Arsenic of Bangladesh, Association of Pediatric Surgeon of Bangladesh, British Association of Pediatric Surgeons, and British Association of Pediatric Endoscopic Surgeons.

Core Activities

  • DCH Trust has supported affected people during natural calamities such as famine of 1988; flood in 1988, 1990, 1995, 1998 and 2004; cyclone and tidal bores of 1988, 1994, 1997; tornado in 1989, 1996 across Bangladesh by leveraging its expertise in health care and disaster management. So far, approximately 200,000 villagers of 340 villages have been benefited from DCH’s disaster management program.
  • DCH has also worked on a sustainable arsenic mitigation and community based health care program. The issue of arsenic contamination of drinking water is severe in Bangladesh. Because of the contamination, 200,000 people get cancer and 90 million people face a cancer risk every year.In addition, DCH is currently working on man-made disasters such as factory building collapses and industrial fires and implementing Factory Safety Program on health safety issues in 21 factories, from which program about 20,000 workers are reaping direct benefit.
  • DCH Trust has been actively engaged in medical education as well, establishing “Center for Environment and Occupational Safety (CEOS)”. This center provides medical and nursing trainings, workshops and research. The center also works on Industrial Health Construction Safety in Bangladesh in collaboration with Asian Disaster Risk Reduction Network (ADRRN), Harvard School of Public health (HSPH), Seeds‐India, NSET‐Nepal to develop disaster risk management policy framework for the construction workers, tannery workers and textile workers and to provide necessary trainings for them.

Contact Information

  • Address:

    190/1 Bara Moghbazar (Wireless Railgate), Dhaka – 1217, Bangladesh

  • Phone:

    +880-2-9351190, 9351191

  • Website:

    http://www.dchtrust.org