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Amader Gram Project – Donate Today!

The UBICOMP laboratory is partnering with Amader Gram, a Bangladeshi non government organization, to develop an innovative, information-technology-rich, world-first community-oriented primary health care program. This effort follows several years of UBICOMP Lab/Amader Gram successful collaborations, most recently under a formal Memorandum of Understanding between Marquette University and Amader Gram.

THE PROBLEM WE ARE ADDRESSING
IN THE USA, WORLD-WIDE AND PARTICULARLY IN BANGLADESH

Most people in the world do not have any primary health care; even in the United States this is true of 40% of the population. Primary care has been clearly demonstrated to be associated with enhanced access to health services and better health outcomes. In the Bangladeshi Bay of Bengal-coastal sub-district of Rampal, where Amader Gram is based, 160,000 citizens have very limited heath care and are among the most vulnerable and victimized of global citizens because of poverty and climate change. Forty per cent of Rampal children are undernourished, agricultural land is being loss to rising sea levels, food productivity and quality are falling because of aquifer and weather changes, heat cold and smog-weather patterns are increasing and causing greater illness, noncommunicable disease-hypertension is increasing because of increased salinity of potable water, and communicable disease frequencies are increasing—tuberculosis, dengue, cholera, and malaria.

THE SOLUTION

Assisted by its key American partner, the UBICOMP lab, in June 2022, on its 8-acre medical campus in Rampal, Amader Gram will complete construction of two buildings: outpatient and diagnostic centers, architects’ images of which are seen here:

building images

Architectural rendition of proposed medical complex

 

Based in these facilities, the Amader Gram goal is, by 2026, to provide accessible and high-quality primary care for all Rampal residents by creating three component services: ambulatory, virtual, and community. Amader Gram and the UBICOMP lab will build on our current and collective experience and components for a community-oriented primary care health system to create a sustainable, accessible, and patient outcome-influencing high-quality transformative model that walks the talk, that is, that puts into action a total package grounded in what experts have been saying and reports have recommended (notably the just published American National Academy of Medicine Consensus Report: Implementing high-quality primary care: rebuilding the foundation of health care, 2021)

IMPACT. WHY DOES THIS MATTER TO ME?

Every country is searching for better ways to provide health to all its citizens. The innovative Amader Gram model can teach us all about how to achieve our health goals for all. So, it is a win-win initiative. Amader Gram and the UBICOMP lab can show the best way, first, for us all.  On top of this, this Amader Gram effort is important in bringing greater social stability, less incentive for migration, and economic development through better health to Bangladeshi citizens, all of which are in the best interests of all global and American citizens. Finally, it matters to all of us because the climate change impacts on Rampal residents are overwhelmingly of United States-making, and so for Americans to help these Bangladeshi residents directly to better manage their health challenges, is the right thing to do.

BUT WE CAN’T MEET THIS GOAL WITHOUT FINANCIAL HELP. WE NEED ADEQUATE INVESTMENT IN OUR MODEL SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT TO MAKE SURE IT CAN GROW TO  SUSTAINABILITY. 

Click here to make your donation today! 

HOW IS OUR APPROACH INNOVATIVE?

We are creating an integrated system of services with primary health care expert panel-recommended three ambulatory, virtual, and community components. Each component service will work with a single new interoperable electronic medical record, focused on patient care, developed in collaboration with UBICOMP lab researchers and students. Additionally, this ambulatory care service has a high ratio of paraprofessional to doctor staff, many point-of-care diagnostic tests (like ultrasound examinations), immediate tele-consultation capacities, and functions under evidence-based evaluation and treatment guidelines.

doctor consultation with patient

An Amader Gram medical officer (doctor) and a medical assistant conducting a tele-consultation with a specialist doctor, which allows patients to get high quality care without having to travel, particularly during the Covid pandemic.

The virtual care service is available 24/7. The comprehensive community care service is staffed by a health worker in every single Rampal sub-district village.

WE HAVE ALREADY SHOWN WE CAN DO THIS.

Over the last 11 years, Amader Gram and UBICOMP lab researchers have created a model Breast Care Center, with a basic electronic medical record, a high paraprofessional staff-to- doctor staff ratio, point-of-care ultrasound examinations, and guideline-based treatment.

 

telemedicine phone call

A community health worker helping a Rampal resident with a consultation call to the Amader Gram virtual care “hot line”.

During the last two years, Amader Gram has had a virtual medical care call in “hot line”, and has served over 2000 patients.

During the last year, together with UBICOMP lab researchers, Amader Gramhas created a novel health care subscription system where families pay a small annual fee to get free Amader Gram clinical services consultations, and reduced prices for any diagnostic tests.  These funds will provide greater financial support for long-term sustainability. The goal is to get half of Rampal’s 30,000 families to enroll in this system over the next two years.

 

FINANCIAL GOALS AND NEEDS

We estimate we need $2.25 million to spend over 3 years to get to a sustainable business model for primary health care services. AMADER GRAM is seeking international grant support, but needs start-up funds and money to sustain our momentum for:

  • Equipment for the two new campus buildings, specifically for ultrasound, oximetry, spirometry, blood pressure measurement, EKG, Chest X ray and bone X ray, patient peak air flow meter, and echocardiography equipment.
  • Furnishings for the outpatient building examination rooms
  • An ambulance
  • Electronic rickshaws
  • Equipment for the community health workers caring for residents in their homes
  • Development of the new electronic medical record system, which will mostly be done by Bangladeshi graduate students in the UBICOMP Lab.
medical consultation

An Amader Gram Community Health worker checks a Rampal villager’s blood pressure. One third of adult residents in southern Bangladesh have hypertension, which is occurring and made worse by climate changes with increased salinity of their drinking water.

HOW TO DONATE

Marquette University is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1970, and any donations are US federal tax-deductible. The total dollar value of any donations made in the following way will directly and only benefit the Amader Gram Medical Project. No money will be subtracted for any administrative costs.

It is fast and easy to make a donation right now: Click on the following link and follow the clear instructions which are also summarized below:

https://timetorise.marquette.edu/give?appeal=ADF

On the first page, in the “Select a priority fund” box, scroll down to the last line which says “Other fund designation” line, and click on this. Then, in the new box below which says “Enter your designation below”: Write or paste in the following words “UBICOMP LABORATORY/ AMADER GRAM MEDICAL CARE PROJECT”

Then you will see a button “ADD GIFT” at the end of this box. Click on this box, and a new heading will appear which says:“GIFT SUMMARY”

UBICOMP LABORATORY/ AMADER GRAM MEDICAL CARE PROJECT

Below this line will be a line with a dollar sign: $. Here type in the amount you wish to donate. The total $ number you type in will be then shown below this box on the right side of the screen.

Then continue to the next screen field, which will say “Gift information”, and then below in a box it will say: “One time gift”. Then below this is a series of questions; after answering these, then click the “Continue” button at the bottom of the screen.

The next screen field asks for information about who is making the donation. Giving this information is necessary so that there is a record, for tax purposes. At the bottom of the screen, there is a button which says “Give now”. Click on this.

A field will come up for you to click on saying “Pay by card”. The information you have given about who you are will then appear on the screen. Click on the bottom of the screen where it says “Continue to payment”.

A screen field will appear asking you for your card information. Complete this, and click on the box that says you are not a robot.

The next field will say that the information is being processed, and when this is successfully done, which is usually in a few seconds, a field will appear thanking you for your donation, summarizing the donation, and saying that you will get an email shortly confirming the donation to keep for your tax records.

To make a donation by check in other ways

Funds or checks sent by mail should be accompanied by a communication/cover letter saying that the donation is specifically being made to benefit the Amader Gram Medical project of the UBICOMP lab, in the Department of Computer Science, under the direction of Professor Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed. Donations and the accompanying letter should be sent to:

Molly Eldridge
Director of Development, Klingler College of Arts and Sciences
Marquette University, University Advancement
1250 W Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53233 USA