Project Lead(s): Ruhul Abid
Bangladesh has about 5,400 garment factories with four million workers and up to 16 million livelihoods dependent on them. About 70% of these workers are reproductive-age women, who have almost no access to healthcare because they work six days a week for long hours, and the financial or time costs are considerable barriers. HAEFA and Brown University are implementing a mass health screening method in the workplace that electronically records BMI, BP, blood glucose, Hb%, and symptoms of high-risk pregnancy, tuberculosis, and asthma. All medical records are saved in a database with auto-flagging for diagnosis, follow-up, and remote prescription printing; it will also provide a list of GPS-mapped local healthcare providers as referral centers for each factory.