How are transgender people treated in Bangladesh

Dhaka

The seamstresses quarter

Countless textile factories, kilometers of slum-like settlements, environmental pollution, sex work, drug crime and child labor: in our new area of ​​operation, Savar, north of Dhaka in Bangladesh, people are struggling with many problems. In the 1980s, investors built large textile factories here without the region being prepared for the large numbers of people who subsequently poured into the suburbs from rural areas. But only a few find work, many slide into prostitution or drug addiction. More than 40 percent of the people here are illiterate and many families earn less than 5,000 taka a month, which corresponds to around 50 euros. Air and water pollution is also enormous in the region: Many bodies of water glow in bright colors as a result of the dyes that are discharged from the factories into the environment.

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Hand in hand with Caritas Bangladesh

In this project we are fortunate to be able to combine medical and social aid, because we work closely with Caritas Bangladesh. It is well networked and already runs several aid projects - including one that aims to improve the nutritional situation and social security for children under five and their mothers. In addition, Caritas has set up so-called “drop-in centers” for people who work in prostitution and people with drug addictions. The German Doctors are taking on the medical component for the needy in the project: two volunteer physicians have been treating around 70 patients a day in our outpatient clinics since July 2019, which our team visits on a daily basis.

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Every child has the right to an education

Before we opened our new project north of Dhaka in 2019, we had been active in the slums of Dhaka for almost 30 years, from 1989 to the end of 2018. Over 500 doctors volunteered to treat seriously ill people here. Today, many people benefit from the fact that the government has improved health structures and local non-governmental organizations are getting more involved. We could also feel this positive development in our outpatient department, and so after extensive discussions with our partners we decided to relocate our medical care to the poor areas of the industrial suburbs. Our successful school project, which enables 800 children to get a basic education, will be retained. There is also the possibility for the students of the higher grades to attend a vocational preparation course - for example in the hairdressing trade or in the field of computer applications.

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