ASTHA signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Prime Bank Foundation 

Initial vocational education and training
Aiming to improve the Community Paramedics (CP) service portfolio, Swisscontact’s ASTHA (Achieving Sustainability Towards Healthcare Access) project recently signed an MoU with Prime Bank Foundation. 

Community Paramedics (CP) are gradually becoming the first line of primary healthcare providers in rural Bangladesh. As a project dedicated to improving the rural healthcare ecosystem in Bangladesh, ASTHA is working to strengthen the Community Paramedic (CP) service provision by improving the service portfolio of the CPs. Prime Bank Eye Hospital (PBEH), one of the initiatives of the Prime bank Foundation (Prime Bank Foundation - Home | Facebook) is closely working for the betterment of the eye care for the population of Bangladesh. Accordingly, ASTHA project and PBEH will work together to improve the CP service portfolio by providing primary level ophthalmology training to the CPs. Through this MoU, Prime Bank Foundation and ASTHA will develop a module to provide ophthalmology training to the CPs in the different parts of Bangladesh and explore opportunities to increase CP service provision.

Mr. Fazle Razik, Team leader of ASTHA, Swisscontact and Dr. Iqbal Anwar, Chief Executive Officer of Prime Bank Foundation led the MoU signing ceremony while, 
Labib Tazone, coordinator, Prime Bank Eye Hospital, Prime Bank foundation oversight team and Trina Hasan, Senior Officer – Partnership and Innovation, ASTHA, Swisscontact were present at the event.

2019 - 2022
Initial vocational education and training
High-quality healthcare services in rural areas
Achieving Sustainability Towards Healthcare Access (ASTHA) aims at contributing to the development and expansion of sustainable and high-quality healthcare at the community level by training young adults (50% women) from seven rural districts as skilled health workers. The ASTHA-project will improve the health and living conditions of the local...