Founder

Khan Bahadur Ahsanullah (R.)

Health Institutions

Ahsania Mission Cancer & General Hospital (AMCGH), Uttara
Institutions
Ahsania Mission Cancer & General Hospital (AMCGH), Uttara

Building on the ideas of the founder Sufi Saint Hazrat Khan BahadurAhsanullah (RahmatullahAlaihee), Dhaka Ahsania Mission embarked on establishing a modern cancer hospital where world-class treatment will be available. Ahsania Mission Cancer and General Hospital is one of the major projects to fight cancer in Bangladesh.

Dhaka Ahsania Mission as part of the total project took the initiative in 2001 to open a Cancer detection & Treatment Center at Mirpur, Dhaka. In course of its progress it is now a 42 bed Cancer Hospital with required operation facilities, Chemotherapy, X-Ray and Imaging facilities. A team of experienced and dedicated cancer specialists and general physicians are working there to provide health service at a reasonably low cost. Here free services are offered to poor and ultra – poor patients. Since 2001 the hospital has continued to provide health care services, especially to cancer patients.

Ultimately the dream materialized into reality and a plan was made to construct a 500 bed Cancer Hospital at a staggering cost of 4189.14 million taka (US$ 53.70 million). The fifteen story hospital designed by a US based architectural firm “Design Alliance of Bultimore”, got started its construction with foundation laid by the then Prime Minister of Bangladesh on 10th July 2004 on a 3 acre land at the bank of the river Turag in Plot No. 3, Embankment Driveway at Sector-10 of Uttara Model Town in the Capital. The location is about 5 km from Zia International Airport. The construction work of the hospital, having the design of a 15 storied building with 450,000 sft floor spaces, started in July 2005. In the meantime the super-structure of this fifteen-storey hospital building (including 2 basements) has already been completed. However, due to non-availability of adequate fund, the hospital could not be completed in a single phase and as such the hospital is now being made functional in three phases.

In the first phase, Basement 2, Level 1, Radiotherapy Vault and procurement of some of the medical equipment & furniture have been completed and the hospital has started functioning in a limited scale from April 2014, with Out Patient Department (OPD), In-patient beds, Operation Theaters, Radiation Therapy Unit, Day Care Centre and Diagnostic Facilities. The Hon’ble Prime Minister of Bangladesh has formally inaugurated the hospital on 9th April, 2014. At present more than 100 patients are receiving treatment everydays in various departments of the hospital.

The second phase covering Level 2 to Level 8 having 218 inpatient beds, 7 OTs, ICU, CCU and all other medical facilities will be completed by December 2016. Subject to availability of the required funds, rest of the facilities of this 500-bed hospital is expected to be completed by December 2017. At that time, based on beneficial utilization, Ahsania Mission Cancer & General Hospital is projected to provide over 160,000 days of inpatients care and cater to over 180,000 outpatients annually saving approximately US$ 13 million annually. 30% services of the hospital will be available free for the poor patients.

Besides its contribution in education and rural development, DAM is determined to extend its hand in fighting against cancer in Bangladesh. In this poor community DAM cannot avoid the call for support in health sector.

DAM is raising funds from general public as well as from the corporate sector. There are special provisions for potential donors to sponsor various components of the hospital. One can donate to have in his/her own name or in the name of his/her near and dear ones.

Keeping in line with Dhaka Ahsania Mission’s dedication to Divine and Humanitarian services Ahsania Mission Cancer and General Hospital will be a big leap forward to provide service to humanity by redressing the suffering of the ailing patients, especially cancer patients.

International Hospital Group (IHG), a UK based consulting firm with vast experience in medical equipment consultancy was entrusted with the job to furnish the equipment schedule i.e., floor & room wise equipments& furniture plan of AMCGH to cater to the need and suitability of the patients & users and they have completed their jobs.

Considering the huge cost of modern quality treatment for cancer and our commitment to provide poor and needy patients with 30% treatment facilities free of cost, deep thought has been given to make Ahsania Mission Cancer and General Hospital a viable and cost-effective project with the motto of ‘No-Profit-No-Loss’. Due consideration has also been given to the point that some cancer patients will come with other diseases which will need to be treated at the same hospital for practical reason. Also considering the reality to keep specialist doctors including ambitious and career conscious young doctors there is possibly no other alternative other than opting for building a Medical College in future. In consideration of this vital factors, provision for general treatment facilities have been kept at AMCGH. Moreover, there is a plan to establish a Nursing Institute in future.

For more information visit: www.amcghbd.org

Ahsania Mission Medical College (AMMC), Uttara, Dhaka
Ahsania Mission Cancer & General Hospital (Detection & Treatment), Mirpur

As per plan of Dhaka Ahsania Mission, each division on Bangladesh will have a Cancer Detection & Treatment Centre. This Centre at Mirpur is meant for Dhaka Division. It is a 42 bedded Cancer hospital with treatment facilities for general patients and established in 2001. It is a non-profit hospital, where 30% patients are given free treatment.

This hospital has a diagnostic laboratory for detection of cancer where most of the investigations including Microbiology, Histopathology and Bio- chemistry can be performed. Radiology department has all the facility for imaging including X-Ray, Mammography and USG. This hospital has consultants/ specialists in Oncology, Surgical oncology, Orthopedics, Head & Neck Surgeon, Gynecologist, Dental &Facio Maxillary Surgical facility and Physiotherapy. This hospital has a Breast care centre and breast care month is observed every year. Our medical officers are also experienced in managing cancer patients.

We are managing our cancer patients with surgery and chemotherapy. For radiotherapy we are referring our patients to Govt. & private radiotherapy center as we do not have any radiotherapy facility at present. Hopefully we will have radiotherapy machine installed in AMCGH, Uttara soon. This hospital has 2 (two) operation theatres & Endoscopes facilities.

For More Information Visit: http://www.ahsaniacancer.org.bd/mirpur_center.php

Addiction Management & Integrated Care (AMIC)

HEALTH SECTOR

Health Sector is one of the three core sectors of DAM. Once a small entity of AMIC, has now become one of the sustainable sectors of the organization.

DAM Health Sector is contributing to the development of society through its multidimensional activities, and the dedication and determination are constantly being reflected among its members through various milestones rejoicing the work and achievements of everyone involved.

Health Sector is committed to bring a change and to ensure the support and care required for harmonious life. With the cooperation from different government offices, national & international NGOs, donors, voluntary organizations and kind-hearted individuals, the Health Sector strive to affirm well-being.

THE BEGINNING

DAM, at first, launched a program in 1990 which was titled as “AhsaniaMadokotaProtirodh o NiontronKormoshuchi (Drug Prevention and Control Program), AMIK in Bengali. Its goal was to create peaceful societies where social harmony will prevail and devastating health, tobacco, drugs and HIV related harms will not exist.

In 2004, DAM changed AMIK to AMIC (Addiction Management and Integrated Care) to prevent and control tobacco, drugs and HIV/AIDS which were gradually taking an epidemic form in the society.

THE GROWTH

In 2011, AMIC felt that it has the potential to reach much larger population through its services. The expansion thus began. AMIC started expanding its activities beyond drug-related prevention and treatment activities and turned itself as one of the core sectors, the Health Sector.

  • » To undertake appropriate community based participatory interventions with activities for prevention of communicable and non-communicable diseases with synergy and coherence with the mainstream Government and other actors with similar programs in the field;
  • » To improve access, equity, quality, utilization and institutional sustainability of Primary Health Care (PHC) services particularly for the poor, women and children;
  • » To advocate and bargain with the Government to formulate and implement tobacco and drug prevention laws and policies and undertake measures to combat harmful effects.

Since then, it has been contributing to the health context in Bangladesh, in the perspective of Millennium and Sustainable Development Goals; especially to achieve the “SDG Goal 3 – Good Health and Well-being for people of every societal level”.

HEALTH SECTOR STRATEGY 2015-25

Health Sector actions reflect the work Strategy that had been formulated in 2015, which prioritized

  • » The provision ofESD+ (Essential Service Delivery) package including maternal and child healthcare, family planning services, reproductive healthcare and nutrition services for all
  • » Expansion of the preventive and curative services for communicable disease
  • » Scaling up addiction management treatment and rehabilitation services along with prevention of substance and tobacco use; and
  • » Strengthening Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) care programs

During a review of the Sector Strategy during 27-29 November 2018, prevention of death and injuries from Road Traffic Accidents (RTA), strengthening mental health treatment services and promoting sound mental health, care for autistic children, HIV/AIDS diagnosis and treatment especially in the border areas, dental and eye treatment services for all, hygienic farming, nutritional improvement and care for elderly and healthcare financing were included in the work plan, which ultimately takes us one step closer to achieving SDG Goal 3. Health Sector has been in pursuit of fulfilling its work objectives to ensure sound health and well-being for all ever since.

MAJOR FIELD BASED PROJECTS

Health Sector has been delivering its services through its projects, programs and institutions. Currently it has been running nine projects and programs

  • » Urban Primary Health Care Service Delivery Project II (UPHCSDP-II) ; in four project areas – DNCC PA-03 (Mirpur), DSCC PA-3 (Hajaribag), RCC (Rajshahi City Corporation) and CoCC (Cumilla City Corporation) through its healthcare centers. Funded by Local Government and ADB
  • » Improvement of the Real Situation of Overcrowding in Prisons (IRSOP) in Bangladesh project ; which aids the prisoners with substance use problems with counseling and skill training in collaboration with GIZ-Bangladesh and Ministry of Home Affairs.
  • » Health and Nutrition Voucher Scheme for Poor, Extreme Poor and Socially Excluded People (PEPSEP) project; in Savar and Satkhira municipalities; which ensures healthcare services for the target population through voucher scheme funded by European Union, and supported by Christian AID.http://amicpepsep.org
  • » Integrated Emergency Humanitarian Response of the Rohingya Population in Cox’s bazar (IEHRR) project ; which provides healthcare services to the camp dwellers of Ukhiya, Cox’s Bazar with funds from DFID and support from Christian AID.
  • » Feed the Future Bangladesh Nutrition Activity (BNA) project; which empowers and supports market and community actors to address underlying causes of malnutrition in Patuakhali. Supported by USAID through Abt.
  • » Tuberculosis (TB) Control Program; which provides diagnostic and treatment services for TB patients and is funded by GFATM (Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria) in Ward 1 and Ward 17 of Dhaka North City Corporation. Supported by BRAC
  • » Tobacco Control Program; which is one of the core activities of the Health Sector that aims to protect people from the harms of direct and secondhand smoking. Currently it has been implementing “Advocacy for Mainstreaming, Sustainable, Implementation of Tobacco Control Law and Increasing Tobacco Tax and Campaign against TI Tactics” project with the support of Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (CTFK).
  • » Drug Abuse Resistance and Understanding (DARAU) project; which works for creating awareness through social mobilization, introducing policy measures, increasing fund allocation for combating drug abuse by government influences and strengthening CSO engagement for this purpose in Natore and Rajshahi. Supported by Counter Part International/USAID  
  • » UN-ited Family Skills Program in Bangladesh; supported by UNODC; which has finalized the piloting phase of the parenting skill development programs in a prestigious school in Dhaka city.

ACCREDITATION

DAM Health Sector has been accredited by the Global Centre for Credentialing and Certification (GCCC) authority to conduct training for the addiction professionals on Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) to ensure proper treatment and rehabilitation of people with Substance Use Disorder; which is the sector’s specialized activity.

INSTITUTIONS OF THE HEALTH SECTOR

  • » Ahsania Mission Drug Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation Center, Gazipur (www.amic.org.bd and www.amdtc.org.bd )
  • » Ahsania Mission Drug Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation Center, Jashore (www.amic.org.bd and www.amdtc.org.bd )
  • » Ahsania Mission Female Drug Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation Center, Shyamoli, Dhaka (www.amic.org.bd and www.amdtc.org.bd )
  • » Hena Ahmed Hospital; situated at Alampur village of the Hasara Union in SreenagarUpazilla of Munshiganj http://www.hahospital.org.bd
  • » Hena Ahmed Shanti Nibash; a care home for elderly and senior citizens in Munshiganj
  • » Monojotno Center; a specialized mental healthcare service center
  • » MonasefAhsania Health Center in Tongi, Gazipur

AHSANIA MISSION SHASTHO SHUROKKHA FORUM

DAM Health Sector has been running several projects/programs/institutions for the benefit and well-being of underprivileged population in our country. Its experience shows that often the poor cannot access the necessary health services as they cannot afford them. To ensure health services for all, Ahsania Mission ShasthoShurokkha Forum (AMSSF) has been formed in 2019 by the Health Sector to accrue fund for its multidimensional activities with the supports from kind hearted individuals and institutions.

For More Information visit: https://www.amic.org.bd

Ahsania Mission Institute of Medical Technology (AMIMT)

Ahsania Mission Institute of Medical Technology
(A Project of Dhaka Ahsania Mission)

 

Ahsania Mission Institute of Medical Technology (AMIMT) is approved by the health & Family welfare Ministry of the Government of the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh and duly registered by state Medical Faculty of Bangladesh on 6th January 2008.

Objective:

  • To Provide broad based education and professional development for the students.
  • To help the students to give knowledge, skill and attitude to deal with the health problems of the community.
  • To build a  leading based on recognized standed curricula or tailor-made to suit multiple customer needs.

Campus and Location:

Ahsania Mission Institute of Medical Technology (AMIMT) is located at plot no –M-1/C, Section-14, Mirpur, Dhaka-1206, Phone: 9008919 Email: amcgh.mirpur@gmail.com

Departments:

Following departments are running is AMIMT.

Diploma Courses is laboratory Medicine (Pathology), Radiology and Imaging, Physiotherapy.

One year certificate courses is Laboratory Medicine and Nursing Technology.

At the completion of the courses every student develop leadership skills and to promote competince and excellence and uphold moral and ethical values in the services of society and in the practice of the profession.

They also develop knowledge, attitude and skills in the perfomance of different sites needed to help the physicians in the proper diagnosis, treatment, Prognosis and prevention of diseases.

For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/AMIMTBD/

Ahsania Mission Female Drug Treatment & Rehabilitation Center, Dhaka

Background

With the understanding of the growing needs for Gender Responsive treatment for woman substance users, Dhaka Ahsania Mission come forward with “Female Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (FDTC)” in 2014 at Iqbal Road, Mohammadpur, Dhaka. It recognizes that success in recovery not only depends on the content of primary treatment, but also on the availability of support services once a woman returns home to her family and community. Contrary to other centers in our country, DAM designed the activities to meet client need for clinical treatment, family & community support that counteract other social conditions impacting the females. The FDTC delivers the services by embracing key principles and values in treatment and rehabilitation of female drug users.

For More Information visit: https://www.amic.org.bd/fdtc/

Establishment

The center was established on 12 April, 2014.

Situation

The Center is now situated at PC Culture Housing Society, Shyamoli, under Dhaka North City Corporation, Zone-5. It offers all its services from its own seven-storied building.

Accommodation Capacity

The Center can accommodate 35 female clients at a time.

Center Setup

The center has the following amenities:

  • » Patient Dormitory – 5
  • » Cabin with 2 bed facility – 1
  • » Class Room – 1
  • » Counseling Room – 2
  • » Doctor’s room – 1
  • » Case Manager’s room – 1
  • » Office Room – 1
  • » Kitchen – 1
  • » Store Room – 1
  • » Dining Room – 1
  • » Staff Dormitory – 2
  • » Provision of TV, library and other recreational activities such as board games
  • » Access to the roof

Emergency and Safety Measures

There is the provision of fire extinguishers with safety alarm, 24 hour security services and all emergency medical supports in the center. A duty staff monitors the entire center all the time with the help of Closed-circuit Camera, the footage of which is considered with high confidentiality.

Target Beneficiaries

The FDTC provides services to 18-48 years females with substance use disorder, mental ailments and/or behavioral issues. Clients under 18 years and above 48 years are offered specialized and age appropriate treatment. Special circumstances are always considered for every female client.

Treatment Method

  • » The center provides three-month long residential treatment that starts with first 14 days for detoxification phase. It is a process of clearing the substances and their toxic forms from the body. DAM is following evidence-based medical detoxification to safely manage the acute physical symptoms of withdrawal.
  • » During pre-treatment phase clients go through detailed medical and psychological screening, symptomatic withdrawal management, assessment and physical treatments.
  • » Treatment phase starts after detoxification program, followed by 75 days rehabilitation program. During this time, center provides mental health services, physical treatment, counseling, psychosocial education, individual and group therapy.
  • » Counselors, present at the centers, enhance client motivation with the psychological support to face the challenges at every stage in living a drug-free life.
  • » Client families are also offered to join family counseling sessions.
  • » Provision of psychosocial education is an important part of the treatment. Clients receive information on harmful effects of drugs, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and other infectious diseases, overdose, life skill education, stress management, anger management etc.
  • » As the after care service, clients are offered to attend anti-drug programs, social programs organized by the center, annual recovery get-together program, outdoor counseling, family therapy, psychiatric treatment and group counseling after completing the course of the treatment.
  • » DAM has been following the appropriate treatment approach for every individual’s age, sex, ethnicity and culture.
  • » DAM conducts pre-admission screening performed by trained staff to assess the physical condition of clients before admission to rule out the risk of communicable diseases and any potentially life-threatening diseases which would require immediate hospitalization.
  • » Patients are inspired to obey their religious functions as a part of the treatment.
  • » The center follows the Therapeutic Community (TC) approach for the treatment and rehabilitation program, which focuses on –

– Client strengths not deficits
– Client choice
– Individual client needs
– Gender- specific methods
– Trauma-informed
– Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
– Women empowerment
– Life skills development

  • » The treatment program also follows the 12 steps of Narcotics Anonymous (NA) support group.

Services

The Center offers the following services for the clients in order to treat them –

  • » Screening
  • » Dope Test
  • » Detoxification
  • » Assessment
  • » Treatment planning
  • » Individual counseling
  • » Group counseling
  • » Family counseling
  • » Couple counseling
  • » Psycho-social education
  • » Motivational therapy
  • » General healthcare support
  • » Psychiatric treatment
  • » HTC (HIV Testing and Counseling)
  • » Outdoor counseling service
  • » After care follow up

Family Involvement

Addiction treatment is successful when every family member commits to it. When they are willing to work together, the way towards better relationship, greater functionality, better communication, and renewed affection; is paved. There are four types of family services provided from the center –

  • » Family counseling
  • » Family day
  • » Family meeting
  • » Family group counseling.

Other Activities

  • » The center organizes regular weekly and monthly cultural programs where in-house patients and staff participate.
  • » It conducts awareness raising programs at different educational institutions.
  • » The center also organizes free counseling camps.
  • » Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, International Women’s Day, World No Tobacco Day, World AIDS day are celebrated with due respect. The in-house clients and staff also celebrate the Eids, Bangla Naboborsho and winter pitha festival.

Our Specialty and Uniqueness

The center is unique among the very firsts of the addiction professionals with its –

  • » Contingency management (monthly evaluation and reward for motivated patients)
  • » Mandatory dope test service
  • » Family education
  • » Appropriate case management service
  • » All the services are provided by female staff solely and in a tobacco-free environment
  • » The Center is completely free of any physical and/or mental torture
  • » Special services are provided by the efficient and trained staff
Ahsania Mission Male Drug Treatment & Rehabilitation Center, Gazipur

Background

Considering the need for offering social support for the recovery and rehabilitation of the drug users in Bangladesh, DAM established a comprehensive treatment and rehabilitation center in Gazipur. The center has been providing quality drug detoxification and rehabilitation since 2004. It has all necessary modern facilities for the care and treatment of the drug dependents. There are trained staff who address the need of the clients, sufficient space for recreation, arrangement for various outdoor & indoor games, library, prayer room etc for the benefit of the clients.

For more information visit: https://www.amic.org.bd/ahsania-mission-drug-treatment-rehabilitation-center-amic-gazipur/

The AMIC – Gazipur center was established on 04 May 2004.

Situation

The center is situated closer to the Bhawal National Park near the Gazipur – Mymensingh highway in the neighborhood of Dhaka city. It is on the MiabariSarok of Gazariapara, Rajendrapur, Gazipur.

Accommodation Capacity

The center has the capacity to provide service to 100 clients at a time.

Center Setup

The center has the following amenities –

  • » Number of dormitories: 10
  • » Doctor’s room: 01
  • » Counseling room: 02
  • » Session room: 01
  • » Playground: 01

Other facilities:

  • » Program officer’s room: 01
  • » Dining room: 01
  • » Medical laboratory room: 01
  • » Prayer room: 01
  • » Case management room: 01
  • » Store room: 01
  • » Administration room: 01
  • » Center manager room: 01
  • » Family meeting room: 01
  • » Family counseling room: 02
  • » Staff room: 04
  • » Guest room: 01
  • » Kitchen: 01

Emergency and Safety Measures

The provision of fire extinguishers, expert security guards and emergency medical support are present in the center.

Target Beneficiaries

The center offers its services for the males with substance use disorder, between the ages of 16-50 years. It provides special services for clients younger and older than the age range.

Treatment Methods

Treatment is given through the TC (therapeutic community) method, NA (narcotic anonymous) sharing meetings and proper counseling.

The center provides six month long residential treatment that starts with first 14 days for detoxification phase. It is a process of clearing the substances and their toxic forms from the body. DAM is following evidence-based medical detoxification to safely manage the acute physical symptoms of withdrawal. During pre-treatment phase clients go through detailed medical and psychological screening, symptomatic withdrawal management, assessment and physical treatments. Treatment phase started after detoxification program. This is followed by 166 days rehabilitation program. During this time center provides mental health services, physical treatment, counseling, psychosocial education, individual and group therapy etc. Counselors, present at the centers, enhances client motivation with the psychological support to face the challenges at every stage in living a drug-free life. Client families are also offered to join family counseling sessions. Provision of psychosocial education is also an important part of the treatment. Clients receive information on harmful effects of drugs, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and other infectious diseases, overdose, life skill education, stress management, anger management etc. As the after care service, clients are offered to attend anti-drug program, social program organize by center, annual recovery get-together program, outdoor counseling, family therapy, psychiatric treatment and group counseling after completing the course of the treatment. DAM is following treatment approach as appropriate to the individual’s age, sex, ethnicity and culture.

Moreover, DAM is conducting pre-admission screening performed by the trained staff to assess the physical condition of clients before admission, to rule out the risk of communicable diseases and any potentially life-threatening diseases which would require immediate secondary or tertiary hospitalization.

Case Management Services

DAM introduce case management approach during in-patient detoxification and treatment. Case manager helps to meet immediate, pressing needs that can interfere with treatment engagement. Having these needs met early in the process motivates the clients to engage in the program and increases their trust and belief that program staff members are listening and trying to help.

Family Involvement

To understand the drug dependency withdrawal symptoms, to identify signs and symptoms about relapses, to know about drug treatment and to provide help & support during the treatment process, families of the clients are welcome to be included in the treatment process. This also helps for their acceptance about the slow, steady and long process of recovery.

Other Activities

The center takes part in the following activities to make the society aware and to prevent drug abuse habits:

  • » Raising awareness on the effects of drugs and conduction of anti-drug campaigns
  • » Publication and distribution of drug related materials
  • » Arranging anti drug campaigns at several schools and colleges
  • » Arranging substance abuse prevention awareness activities
  • » Connecting the clients into self help groups
  • » Research activities
  • » Raising awareness on STI/AIDS and educating the ways to prevent them
  • » Implementing of anti-tobacco activities
  • » Primary healthcare projects to be implemented in different health facilities
  • » Celebrating of the 26 June “International Day Against drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking” day
  • » Inspiring on the religious practices
  • » Observing important national and international days
  • » Distributing leaflets
  • » Celebrating the founding anniversary
  • » Conducting family education meetings
  • » Arranging skill development training for the staff
  • » Provision of sychosocial education
  • » Organizing anti-drug rally, human chain, discussion meetings, wall writing, cultural program with the view to raise anti-drug awareness

Unique Recognition

The center is a smoke and drug free zone that ensures successful recovery providing all the necessary supports through experienced staff in a healthy environment; thus making us one of the bests who have been fighting for substance use prevention and rehabilitation.

Case Study 1:

Mojaffor lives in Gazipur. One day, a young friend took out a pouch full of Yaba and said, “These are very energetic pills, consuming these gives you energy and reduces sleep. They also have a beautiful fragrance”. Then he showed Mojaffor how to consume them and helped him during the process. He felt good. After that, he started using himself. He used to take the pills whenever he became upset. One day he noticed that he felt weary when he didn’t consume it. Slowly he stared consuming more and more, increasing the dosage. Thus he had become an addict within three months. Thirty two years of his life without any intoxication, but still he fell on his knees to drugs. From the moment Mojaffor was shown how to use Yaba, his downfall started.

Mojaffor became indifferent about what is right and what is wrong. There was misunderstanding within his family members as he started relying on his peers more. His family figured out that Mojaffor had been an addict at one point. They sent him to DAM Drug Management and Rehabilitation Center via rescue team for treatment.

Mojaffor did not realize that he had been brought to the center for treatment. After 15-20 days of withdrawal management, he started reflecting on his actions of the past. He found the environment of the center, the staff and the fellow friends overwhelming and he started his recovery slowly. The treatment ensured him that each hour of the day helps him to get closer to a healthy life.

At the center, the assigned tasks used to start as soon as the clients wake up and continue until the moment the clients go to sleep at night. Routine counseling, meditation, motivation and class sessions ensure that the clients like Mojaffor are on the way towards betterment. This made Mojaffor realize the mistakes he had made in the past. After completing his six month program there, Mojaffor became drug free and now he has a stable relationship with his family.

He says that he will forever be in debt to his family and AMIC family for ensuring his well being and healthiness.

Case Study 2

Shagor has been involved with drug problems from his student life. His drug abuse started with Marijuana, then followed Phensidyl, Heroine, Yaba and many more according to their availability. He could not continue his education further and the major reason for that was his drug abusing habit.

Shagor’s father, a businessman, died suffering for the severe stress his son was causing him. Even after such traumatizing event, Shagor did not stop using drugs. Instead, he started increasing the dosage of the substances he had been using. To pay for his drugs, he started selling important and valuable family possessions. He started pressurizing his family for the financial arrangement of his drugs. He even threatened his family and said that he would kill them if they didn’t provide his desired amount of money. At one point, he stole and sold his mother’s and wife’s jewelries to finance his drugs abuse. At that time, his family’s financial position became extremely low.

There came a time when the family could not bear Shagor’s torture anymore and they admitted him to Dhaka Ahsania Mission (AMIC) Center, Gazipur for a 6 month long residential treatment course.

He has completed the treatment and successfully recoverying to be able to live a healthy life. He keeps contact with the center and visits the center frequently. He has reestablished his dad’s business that he had destroyed. Shagor is now planning to go on Umrah with his mother. He and his family are living a drug-free, prosperous life.

Case Study 3

Poor financial condition of Akash’s family led him to start working as the assistant to a house painter since his childhood. He was only eight years old when he had to take up that responsibility. After working for 3-4 years, he started smoking Marijuana encouraged by his boss who was a regular user. This was how Akash started his journey in the darkness.

Akash used Marijuana for two years, following that he started using other drugs like Heroine for five years, Pathedrine and Yaba for eight years. Luckily, Akash visited Save the Children International, a renowned institution that offers various helps, where he expressed his willingness to quit using drugs. He was brought to the Dhaka Ahsania Mission, AMIC center, Gazipur on 16 May 2015 by the Save the Children International authority.

Akash received three month long treatment and then came for follow ups for another three month. Later on, DAM hired him as a paid volunteer after observing his qualities and changes during the treatment period. Currently, Akash has been carrying out his responsibilities as a trustworthy volunteer for DAM. He leads a normal and active life. He sends his monthly salaries to his parents. His family and his proud parents, are looking forward to a bright and better future for Akash.

Ahsania Mission Drug Treatment & Rehabilitation Center, Jashore

Background

Drug addiction and drug dependence are among the major social problems in the world. More people, both male and female, are becoming dependent on drug and other substances these days. Bangladesh is also facing the same problems lately as it has been observed that substance abuse rate is getting higher among every socio-economic levels.

Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) has been working against drug addiction since its beginning. One of the major steps it took is establishing “AhsaniaMadokotaProtirodh o NiontronKarmoshuchi” or Drug Prevention and Control Program (AMIK in Bengali) in February 1990. The name was altered to AMIC: Addiction Management and Integrated Care in 2004. This has become one of the most remarkable flagships of DAM.

AMIC has been working to increase the knowledge and consciousness against drug addiction. Its activities have spread to Dhaka, Chittagong, Rajshahi, Jashore and Satkhira district by establishing detoxification camps for short time treatment of substance abuse disorders. DAM policy makers eventually realized that short-term treatment alone is not adequate for helping the dependents come out of addiction and other related problems. AMIC started its first Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center in Gazipur district in 2004. Considering the importance of services provided to the drug dependent population to prevent drug abuse, DAM further expanded its activities by starting the Jashore Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center on 26 July 2010.

For more information visit:https://www.amic.org.bd/ahsania-mission-drug-treatment-rehabilitation-center-jashore/

Situation and Infra-structure

The center is situated at BoroVekutia village under Arabpur Union of JashoreSadarUpazilla. It runs its functions in its own 5-storeyed building on nine acres of field. AMIC-Jashore has a wonderful natural environment for being near Muktosshoririver, getting abundant fresh air and scenic beauty.

Accommodation Capacity and Target Population

The center can accommodate 70-75 male patients from 16-50 years age group at the same time. It has been providing its services to the drug dependents without any deviation for religion, color, financial or social conditions. However the treatment plan is different for the patients under 16 years and for patients over 50 years. It is a residential program for six months with first 15 days for detoxification.

Center Setup

The center has the following amenities in its 5-storied, 16,400 square feet area of the building –

Floor

Amenities

All of these accommodation systems are active. With all of these accommodations system there is suitable place for Wadu.

First Floor

  • » Office Room (2)
  • » Family Counseling Room (1)
  • » Store Room (1)
  • » Large Dining Room (1)
  • » Kitchen (1)
  • » Toilet (6), Wash Room (3), Sink (4)

Second Floor

  • » Program Office Room (1)
  • » Case Management Room (1)
  • » Store Room (1)
  • » Large Class Room For Patients (1)
  • » Drug Detoxification Room (1)
  • » Toilet (5), Wash Room (3), Sink (4)

Third Floor

  • » Counseling Room (1)
  • » Staff Dormitory(2)
  • » Guest Room (1)
  • » Toilet (6), Wash Room (3), Sink (4).

Fourth Floor

  • » Counseling Room (1)
  • » Staff Dormitory (1)
  • » Dormitory For Patient (1)
  • » Medical Room (1)
  • » Toilet (7), Wash Room (3), Sink (4).

Fifth Floor

  • » Staff Dormitory (1)
  • » Dormitory For Patient (2)
  • » Toilet (7), Wash Room (3), Sink (4)

The center has been equipped with everything necessary for the clients and the staff. Adequate furniture, bedspreads, electric generator, and supplies for emergency management are present there. Several medical instruments and supporting services are always kept ready to battle any medical emergencies at any time. Provision of healthy entertainment such as television, carom board, ludo, chess, football, cricket, badminton, volleyball etc are present at the center. AMIC center is fully smoked free and controlled with C.C camera.

Treatment Methods

Treatment and rehabilitation program of the center is designed following the Therapeutic Community (TC) approach. According to needs of the patients, AMIC-Jashore provides physical and mental treatment. Patients are inspired to obey their religious functions as a part of the treatment. The treatment program also follows the 12 steps of Narcotics Anonymous (NA) support group.

The center provides six month long residential treatment that starts with first 14 days for detoxification phase. It is a process of clearing the substances and their toxic forms from the body. DAM is following evidence-based medical detoxification to safely manage the acute physical symptoms of withdrawal. During pre-treatment phase clients go through detailed medical and psychological screening, symptomatic withdrawal management, assessment and physical treatments. Treatment phase started after detoxification program. This is followed by 166 days rehabilitation program. During this time center provides mental health services, physical treatment, counseling, psychosocial education, individual and group therapy etc. Counselors, present at the centers, enhances client motivation with the psychological support to face the challenges at every stage in living a drug-free life. Client families are also offered to join family counseling sessions. Provision of psychosocial education is also an important part of the treatment. Clients receive information on harmful effects of drugs, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and other infectious diseases, overdose, life skill education, stress management, anger management etc. As the after care service, clients are offered to attend anti drug program, social program organize by center, annual recovery get-together program, outdoor counseling, family therapy, psychiatric treatment and group counseling after completing the course of the treatment. DAM is following treatment approach as appropriate to the individual’s age, sex, ethnicity and culture.

Moreover, DAM is conducting pre-admission screening performed by the trained staff to assess the physical condition of clients before admission, to rule out the risk of communicable diseases and any potentially life-threatening diseases which would require immediate secondary or tertiary hospitalization.

Case Management Services

DAM introduced case management approach during in-patient detoxification and treatment. Case manager helps to meet immediate, pressing needs that can interfere with treatment engagement. Having these needs met early in the process motivates the clients to engage in the program and increases their trust and belief that program staff members are listening and trying to help.

Family Involvement

Family plays an important role for the treatment of drug dependent individuals. Sometimes there are few factors within the families that drive the patient toward the life of darkness. Considering these facts, AMIC-Jashore insists on involving the families in the treatment process. Family counseling is also included in the treatment program when necessary. The center arranges family day on every Saturday when patients can meet their respective families. Family meeting is arranged in every month to disseminate the knowledge on drug addiction and its treatment.

Other Activities

The following activities are conducted by the AMIC-Jashore center that play a very significant role in the treatment and rehabilitation process for the drug dependent individual.

Outreach Programs

  • » Dissemination of information about drug dependency and its treatment.
  • » Outdoor personal counseling
  • » Family counseling
  • » Mental and social teaching about drug addiction and its treatment.
  • » Arranging awareness programs on the effects of drug addiction at educational institutions
  • » Working alongside various social organizations to keep the society drug free
  • » Distributing leaflets and stickers with anti-drug messages

In-house Programs

  • » In-house Programs
  • » Case Management
  • » Provision of mental and psychosocial education
  • » Counseling – personal, group, couple and family counseling sessions
  • » Psycho therapy
  • » Life Skill session
  • » Motivation session
  • » TC activities
  • » Physical and psychological treatment
  • » Referral System
  • » Family meetings, mental and social education to the family

Follow-Up Services for Continuation of the Care

  • » Patients can seek counseling services when necessary even after the treatment finishes
  • » Patients can stay in the center for 3 days in a month without any cost after completion of the treatment
  • » NA group meetings are held every month
  • » Patients are asked to maintain the follow up schedule strictly after completing the program
  • » AMIC arranges Annual Recovery Fare every year

Achievements

The center has been providing support to the substance abusers in a very skilled way and all the staff members are very dedicated for the well-being of the patients. The following traits have made the center very unique and remarkable in the field of working for treatment and rehabilitating substance abusers –

  • » Number of patients the center has dealt with: 644*
  • » Recovered patients: 310*
  • » Current patient number: 50
  • » Patient for review: 80
  • » The rate of drop out patients is very low
  • » Center plays active role in all awareness raising programs
  • » Center activities are planned with a view to providing the best support services to the patients, both in their good and bad times
  • » AMIC-Jashore cultivates vegetables and fish at the center and it has become an inspiration to the patients
  • » Good rapport with other institutions working in the field
  • » Provision of arranging jobs for the patients, if necessary
  • » AMIC-Jashore organizes Annual Recovery Fair where recovered patients and their family members can join to share their experience in fighting the battle against substance abuse

*Varies with time.

National and International Recognition

1. Dhaka Ahsania Mission was awarded with the 1st prize for drug addiction treatment and rehabilitation program from the Department of Narcotic Control of Ministry of Home Affairs on 26 June 2014.

2. Dhaka Ahsania Mission won the first prize for its outstanding contribution in the field of drug prevention by the DNC of Ministry of Home Affairs on on 26 July 2017 marking the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

Case Study-1

I am Md. Rinku from Sujolpur under Vekutia of Jashore. I have a brother & a sister and I am the eldest of them. My father’s dream was to make me an educated and successful person. He always inspired me to do well in school. I had a romantic relationship with a girl when I was 13-14 years old and a student of class VIII. I had both good and bad experiences from my relationship. Sometimes my family & her family pressurized us for our relationship which hurt me a lot.

One day her family sent her to her uncle’s home at Faridpur, which became very painful for me. I had some elder friends, who offered me some things one day saying that it would decrease my pain and bring me some happiness.

I started my addiction life with weed to remove my pain. Although my first experience was bad, but eventually I started to like it and I got addicted to it. If I did not take weed at my usual time, I used to feel very bad. I also started taking Phensidyl. I quit school at that time. I did not have enough money to support my addiction, so I started having fights with my family very frequently. I got involved in anti-social works. All these made my family very unhappy and worried about me.

At one point, my father took me to his furniture shop, hoping that being busy would help me to quit using drugs. However, I used to become very violent and unstable when I had my cravings, and no one could keep me in the shop. By that time, I started using multiple substances such as alcohol, heroine and sometimes TDGSK injections along with my weed and Phensidyl addiction. Sometimes I overdosed on those and became unconscious. My life was at the end.

One day, my family beat me for fighting with them for money. My eyes were hurt severely. My father came to know that there is an addiction management center named Ahsania Mission Drug Treatment & Rehabilitation center. He admitted me into the center on 30 January 2015. Treatment for my addiction problem and injured eye was progressing simultaneously. I started realizing my faults and sins. After completing my treatment, I went back to my home and I started spending quality with my family, especially with my father. I started to feel real happiness. I used to contact the center if I felt bad or I had any problems for their feedback. I was fortunate to getting a job in Bangladesh army in 2016. My life is going well now. I have got married in 2017 and I am trying to living up to my family’s expectations as I have become the head of the family after my father’s untimely accidental death.

I am thankful to Dhaka Ahsania Mission for showing me the way to lead a drug free happy life.

Case Study-2

I am Md. MostofaEhsanShahid, and I am 38 years old. I am from Andulia, Chaugasa, Jashore. But I currently live in Faridpur. We are four brothers and one sister. My father is a teacher and my mother is a housewife. Among the siblings, I am the second. After passing my SSC examination, I got admitted in Shaheen College, Jashore. I was an attentive and well performed student. I had very good relations with my friends at the college. I always tried to help them when they needed it.

From personal curiosity and my friends’ influence, I became familiar with drugs. I felt very embarrassed the first time, but I started to feel good with time. I got addicted to drugs. My family used to trust me unconditionally when I was at my college. I had the complete freedom to live my life on my terms. And I had become an immoral person by spending so much money in buying drugs. I misused the trust my family had blessed me with. I also started to collect money from other places.

I passed my HSC examination but I was having difficulties for getting into the undergraduate program. My family started to notice my monetary greed at that time. Despite their warnings, I started borrowing money from my relatives. I was getting bad reputation. I was a jobless person solely depending on my family. I passed my BA course with much difficulties. I couldn’t get away from my addictions even after that. I became the biggest and most difficult problem for my family. My family decided to arrange a job for me and they wanted me to get married.

I got a job in a sugar factory in Faridpur. But the condition was to marry a girl whom I didn’t like. Everybody assumed that this would bring me economic stability, but I was getting very depressed. I started taking more drugs. It became necessary for me to use drugs to perform my professional activities. I fathered a child, and that brought me even more responsibilities. With very severe stress in both personal and professional life, I started using more and more drugs each day. Six years of my life had passed in this way. But I couldn’t take the stress anymore and I confessed to my family.

My family was very supportive and they started looking for options for my treatment. They came to know about Ahsania Mission Drug Treatment & Rehabilitation center, and they decided to admit me in there. After discussing with my family members and reflecting on my life, I came to the center on 5 August 2014 to get admitted. I didn’t know about the treatment program at the beginning. Eventually I started to realize the objectives of the treatment program and I was inspired that I could really be free of any drugs if I followed the treatment protocols. I completed the full 6-month residential treatment. I also completed my graduation on 5 February 2015.

My recovery journey has been for more than three years now. I tried to reduce the distance that was between me and my family. Now my family members and other relatives believe me more than they did at previous years. I also get proper respect at my workplace. I have daughter now and I can see my family as a happy one. I am very grateful to Allah and the Ahsania Mission Drug Treatment & Rehabilitation Center – Jashore with all of its staff.

Case Study -3

I am MohiminulAlom, 27 years old. I live in SioulkupaUpazilla in Jhinaidaha district. My father is a government employee and my mother is a housewife. I am the only son they have. We were a solvent and happy family. My parent’s dream was that I would be government employee like my father one day. I was a good student and I was doing well in my studies.

I started taking sleeping pills out of my own curiosity and the influence of some of my friends. But I was getting familiar with every kinds of drugs with time. I got distant from my family members. I started borrowing money from my friends and relatives for drugs. I was losing my social acceptance. It became impossible to continue my studies at that point. After the HSC examination, I had become physically and mentally sick. I was the reason for unhappiness for my family.

My family came to know that Dhaka Ahsania Mission has an Addiction Management and Integrated Care (AMIC) Center at Jashore. They decided to admit me there for my treatment. I was taken there on 26 June 2010 as the first client. I completed my program there and I started believing that I would be able to lead a happy life.

My social rehabilitation program was planned following the rehabilitation treatment policy. With my recovered self-confidence and the achieved life-lessons from the rehabilitation program, I became a successful recovery case. My family started to get happy with me seeing the positive changes. They inspired me to start a business. I started my new life with starting a business of auto rickshaw accessories. I became self-dependent. I am leading a happy life now with my father and mother. I have a respectable social acceptance. I am working for raising awareness against addiction among the young generation.

I am very grateful for Ahsania Mission Addiction Management and Integrated Care (AMIC) Center – Jashore for my new life.

Hena Ahmed Hospital (HAH)

Hena Ahmed Hospital (HAH) was founded by DAM with the financial support of Ms. Hena Ahmed. The vision of this hospital is to render essential healthcare service to the needy, specially the poverty-stricken people at an affordable cost. It is a 20 bed licensed hospital equipped with modern OT facilities. This hospital is providing services at very low cost as well as free of cost for poor and very poor people.

Objective: The overall objective of the project is to provide affordable high quality primary, secondary and tertiary health care services, especially Essential Services Delivery (ESD+) package, for the people of Hashara Union and beyond HAH hospital serves and renders healthcare services as well as provides proper ESD+ and ESP+ to distress Pere-urban people who suffer from various diseases. A good number of patients are receiving outpatient healthcare services every day. HAH provides outdoor, outreach and inpatient services i.e. safe delivery, CS, injury management and family planning services, maternal health (ANC, PNC) services, child health care, nutrition services etc. HAH also established laboratory for quality investigations, including USG& ECG.

Beside treatment services, HAH conductingcommunity level mass awareness program on maternal and child health, EPI, FP, TB, HIV, sexual reproductive health and tobacco control issue through organizing musical concert (folk song), miking etc. Moreover, through Service Promoter of HAH is conducting BCC activities on VAW, nutrition, gender, “more equity for health” and rights & entitlement for health services at the household level and for improving health seeking behavior.

HAHorganize free medical camps on Eye, Woman and Child Health, Urology, Kidney Heart for disadvantage people with the collaboration of Lions Club of Dhaka Oasis and Dhaka Eye Hospital etc. The medical camps are operated by various specialist doctors while around 700 people received free health services with free medicine in 2016-17. There is also a provision of medicine purchase for the patients from the hospital pharmacy in 7% discount from MRP.

DAM established seven members HAH Governing Boardfor ensuring quality and good governance. The board chaired by Dr. Yasmin H. Ahmed, Former Managing Director of Mari Stops Clinic. HAH also formed a Support Group for ensuring local level support and this committee will act as “Community Watch Dog” for ensuring quality services. Beside that DAM’s Monitoring Unit and Head of Health Sector conducting day to day monitoring and technical supervision for ensuring quality services.

HAH ensure equality in all services based on the principal that “everyone has equal rights to access in quality health services”. Achieving equity HAH addressing marginalized and poor people defined socially and economically. HAH has maintaining depots for keeping medicine and other pharmaceutical goods following GoB guideline e.g. temperature, expiry date.

Goal

The Hena Ahmed Hospital has been administering medical aids with the goal to ensure better and quality healthcare servicesat reasonable price to general people of the locality.

Objectives

In the path to obtain the goal, the hospital is to provide high quality Primary, Secondary and Tertiary healthcare services to the local people. It has been following the Essential Service Delivery (ESD+) package to serve the people of Hasara Union and beyond.

Hospital Facilities and Target Population

Hena Ahmed Hospital is a 20-bed hospital that provides both indoor and outdoor services. It focuses on rendering the necessary care for the poverty stricken people of Hasara union. However its services are also open for population above the poverty line. In the year 2017-2018, the hospital provided healthcare services to 1,120 females, 888 males and 996 children in the locality. Maternal & child healthcare services get the major attention; general healthcare service, diagnostic service and awareness raising activities are offered to the entire population of the area.

For More Information visit: http://www.hahospital.org.bd/

Ahsania Hena Ahmed Monojotno Kendro
Monasef Ahsania Health Center

Having started operating under the Health Sector of Dhaka Ahsania Mission in May 2019, MonasefAhsania Health Center has become a beacon of quality health services in Kamarjuri village in Gazipur. It was founded in February 2015 by Al-Hajj Md. Alauddin, a UK citizen from a respectable family, who named this health center after his father, late Al-Hajj Md. Monasef.

This organization is well-known for providing standard and affordable healthcare services. Our utmost priority is our patients’ satisfaction. We believe that providing healthcare is a truly humanitarian endeavor and it brings great joy to positively impact the society with outstanding healthcare facilities at affordable cost.

Mission and Vision

Our mission is to continue providing high-quality medical support to the community and support social goodwill through our philanthropic events.

The vision we have is of being a pioneer in providing healthcare service in a hale and hearty community.

Our services

General Health Services:

MonasefAhsania Health Center has been providing exemplary healthcare services, enabled by the adept physicians and resourceful staff working for the organization. Few of these vast areas of services are listed below:

  1. Reproductive and Maternal Healthcare
  2. Child Healthcare
  3. Diabetes treatment
  4. Skin and VD treatment

Diagnostic Services:

MonasefAhsania Health Center provides a comprehensive range of high-quality diagnostic tests, delivering accurate and authentic reports for the patients. The center has been providing the following diagnostic services –

  1. Hematological tests
  2. Urine tests
  3. Ultrasonogram
  4. ECG

Pharmacy:

We present a plethora of medicines manufactured by renowned companies in our pharmacy, trying to ensure that all types of medicine are available at reasonable price. Our collection of pharmaceuticals is vast and abundant.

MonasefAhsania Health Centre is an appraised and well-regarded healthcare facility. Our dedication lies concrete and honest for all our customers and aims for their satisfaction and betterment. The Center hopes to endlessly serve the community people.

For more information visit-https://www.amic.org.bd/monasef-ahsania-health-center/