Changing Face of Health Care

April 25, 2008

by Hana Shams Ahmed

Overcrowded wards inside a public hospital.

It is like entering a posh hotel. Outside the lawns are immaculately groomed. The visitor is greeted with a heartfelt smile and a bow by the well-dressed guard. Inside the fully air-conditioned large lobby there are comfortable couches, a large screen television and a breathtaking interior. Large signs written in English tell you exactly where you can get the particular information you need. Smartly dressed attendants working round the clock make sure that not a speck of dirt appears inside the four walls. For a moment a visitor can forget that she is actually inside a hospital in Bangladesh. For a patient, if a part of the treatment is to feel that he is in a place where he will be taken care of, then these designer hospitals are doing a great job. Read the rest of this entry »


Weathering the Price Storm

April 11, 2008

Weathering the Price Storm
by Hana Shams Ahmed
[DAILY STAR, April 11, 2008]

The queues at the BDR fair price shops are long. Mostly women carrying babies on their lap are seen standing outside the shops for hours. The rain comes and goes but they still stand and wait. They are waiting patiently to feed themselves and their families with the most staple form of diet — rice. But for the maache bhaat-e Bangali, rice has become the dearest product. And for the roughly 11 crore people living in the villages, who spend about 80 percent of their income on food, this could spell a disaster for the country. Read the rest of this entry »