Milestones & Experiences

  • In 1993, Lutheran Health Care Bangladesh was formed under the leadership of Dr. Oliver "Bud" Peterson as the President, and Mr. Warren Gerecke as the Executive Director.

  • In 1995, the first patients of LHCB were treated in a rented house in the village of Dumki, Patuakhali.

  • In 1996, LHCB established a training & follow-up program for Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) to assist safe child birth. Till to date LHCB has trained 300 TBAs who serve their own community people with confidence.

  • In 1997, construction of the hospital/clinic complex was completed accommodating facilities of an inpatient ward for women and children, an operating room, a separate labor/delivery area, outpatient department, a central check-in/ waiting room area, doctors’ offices, a small emergency room and a pharmacy and its doors opened for patient care.

  • A strong group of staff was recruited and trained to provide medical care, community outreach development and education. It was well respected and supported by the local and national government.

  • In 2003, a Women’s Waiting House was completed and dedicated. Women with identified high risk pregnancies had been coming to the hospital and awaiting delivery under medical supervision.

  • In 2004, a seasonal flood badly affected the southern part of Bangladesh. LHCB immediately responded to the needs of the people of its working areas and distributed foods, cloths and ORS among the members of 4050 families and 500 blankets among 500 old aged people.

  • In 2006, improvements were made to the hospital, the operating room and the laboratory including vital updating of the laboratory equipment. 12,246 patients were treated by the LHCB medical staff

  • The new Vaccination Room was completed to immunize women and children for six deadly diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, measles, tuberculosis and hepatitis.

  • In 2007, LHCB immediately responded with all possible means for emergency relief and rehabilitation in Patuakhali, Borguna and Madaripur districts after the deadly Cyclone “SIDR” hit. LHCB distributed relief goods to 6,435 families, blankets to 6,252 victims, re-excavated 58 ponds, raised 19 schools/community grounds and constructed 100 houses for the most victims.

  • In June of 2008, in campus residential building, Samaritan House, was completed and 11 staff families moved into their new homes.

  • LHCB contributed in installing about 1300 nos. of deep tube-wells to ensure pure drinking water in 2005-2008 periods under Safe Water and Arsenic Mitigation project (SWAM).

  • In 2009, the second floor addition of the hospital with the male ward, private rooms, and Training Room was completed by raising number of hospital beds to 44, almost double in size.

  • In June, 2011, a new vibrant Board took over the responsibilities of the LHCB and old management was replaced by a new top executive level management to restore overall discipline, accountability and progress which had been critically degrading for a period of time.

  • In January 2012, LHCB Project has shifted to a new phase with 5 year plan and established a new shaped Blood Bank in October 25, 2014.

  • LHCB was registered with Directorate General of Health Services, Bangladesh on March 01, 2015 by which LHCB Hospital achieved the legal status to operate hospital activities and treatment.

 

Organizational Experiences :

  • Lutheran Health Care Bangladesh has founded a comprehensive health care facility located in the village of Sreerampur, Dumki Upazila, Patuakhali district in southern Bangladesh. This supportive organizational structure and facilities for implementing community development activities and the organizational culture is progressively improving for undertaking right-based interventions to ensure lasting change in the lives for the poor.

  • The organization has a good number of experienced staff, healthcare expertise and consultants to play vital roles for implementing the proposed project. Staff members’ integrity, honesty, sincerity and commitment for achieving project objectives are proven.

  • LHCB has long-term experiences in the field of identifying, monitoring and evaluating process of the programs to ensure a judicious disbursal of the funds & resources.

  • The organization has made effective strides in the areas of health care, arsenic mitigation, safe water and sanitation, children education, women empowerment, community development, relief and rehabilitation since the inception of the organization.

  • LHCB has vast experience in handling micro-credit, group organizing, leadership, training activities and sustainable development programs. As a result, LHCB was able to hand over all its groups, savings and units to a National NGO to operate successfully with a sustainable manner.

  • Bangladesh is a disaster prone country. To mitigate the suffering of victims by several devastated floods and cyclones, LHCB has actively taken part in life savings efforts with relief and rehabilitation activities in different places of Patuakhali, Borguna, Barisal, Gopalganj and Madaripur districts since its inception.