Down and dirty in Bangladesh
Dirty, noisy, and ugly; congested and chaotic; overgrown and overpopulated; the capital of Bangladesh offers little to charm the visitor. But Andrew Moscrop enjoyed himself
My four week elective in Dhaka was often enjoyable and always educational. My exposure to some of the problems faced by the city and its population provided a valuable learning experience.
During my time in the city, I was based at the Centre for Health and Population Research. “The Centre,” as it is known, operates a small hospital for the treatment of diarrhoeal diseases and runs several primary care clinics within the city. The hospital and clinics offer medical care to the city's inhabitants and provide focuses for the centre's population based research.
Spending time in the centre's hospital made me an expert in “at a glance” stool analysis (able to distinguish a cholera stool from a shigella stool while maintaining a healthy distance). More valuably, I learnt the vital role that education can play in improving health.
The hospital's nutrition unit runs sessions for the mothers of malnourished children.