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20 May 2009

The Bangladesh Health Professions Institute (BHPI)

About CRP Bangladesh

CRP has a strong commitment to training and believes that training plays a vital role if health care services in Bangladesh are to be strengthened and developed. At present, only a few health professionals in Bangladesh are trained adequately to provide appropriate treatment and rehabilitation.

In response to the lack of training facilities for health care professionals, BHPI was established in 1992 with the goal of producing highly skilled staff to work in health care provision and rehabilitation countrywide.

BHPI provides a number of nationally recognised training courses. These courses include Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy Bsc Honours Degrees, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Diplomas, Laboratory Sciences and Radiography Diploma, Certificate in Education for Special Education and Diploma in Rehabilitation Nursing. All the courses run at the BHPI are recognised by their respective government departments.

Some other institutes in Bangladesh offer physiotherapy courses at various levels but the BHPI is the only institute in the country to offer a Bsc Honours Degree course in Occupational Therapy and a Bsc Honours Degree course in Speech and Language Therapy. CRP is constantly promoting these professions by lobbying and networking with the government to create posts and awareness of the value of allied health in the medical community. However, one of the best ways for people to become aware of the value of these professions is to see them in practice. Successful examples of this are the student placements in different government hospitals and non-government hospitals such as Dhaka Medical College & Hospital (DMCH), National Institute of Cardio Vascular Diseases (NICVD), National Institute of Traumatology, Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation (NITOR), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) and Bangladesh Institute for the Rehabilitation of Diabetes Metabolic and Endrocine Disorders (BIRDEM). Even though the students are not fully qualified, they make a tremendous impact and can demonstrate how effective the multidisciplinary team can be.

From the occupational therapy placement at NIMH, CRP has received interest form different institutions and organisations who are interested in creating positions in the future, including Drug Rehabilitation Centres and the Schizophrenia Association.

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