Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in the world.Its problems include
- being the most densely populated country in the world,
- a growing population,
- frequent natural disasters,
- inadequate health and education services
- a history of inadequate governance.
The vision for LAMB began in the early 1950s when a missionary of the American Santal Mission in Dinajpur felt an urgent need for medical work for the hundreds of thousands who had no access to proper healthcare.
LAMB has grown considerably in its ability to serve. Now the hospital treats approx. 50,000 out patients per year – nearly 200 per day; nearly 7,500 in-patients per year for surgery or medical treatment; and delivers around 2,500 babies per year.
In communities around the hospital, LAMB facilitates 132 union-level clinics (covering units of 33,000 population) providing pregnancy care (pre-natal, delivery, and post-delivery), spread over an area more than 90 km in length. The community activities include not only health related activities, but also community development and disaster preparedness. In addition, LAMB is building capacity in local government health clinics through clinical staff training as well as facilitating community oversight and accountability.
LAMB provides high quality training for our own staff as well as government and other NGO health workers. Because of its access to community and hospital health and socio-economic data, we are increasingly called upon to assist in research programs.
LAMB now has more than 1600 staff – mostly Bangladeshi, but with approximately 25 foreign staff to bring additional expertise and training capacity.
Despite its growth, LAMB retains its original mission to serve God through serving the poor and underprivileged, particularly women and children. The blend of religions of our patients reflects fairly closely the proportions of the populations of the whole of Bangladesh.
We believe that LAMB is increasingly widely recognized for the high quality of its services for the poor, and we would welcome being considered an example.