The Ashraf-Ibrahim Medical College and Hospital (AIMCH) is a non-profit health care institute that started
its journey at the coastal area at Shrifalkati at Shyamnagar Upazila in Satkhira district.
The AIMCH is an enterprise of Bangladesh Diabetic Samity (BADAS) established in 2008 by Dr Abu Siddiqui a Bangladeshi-born senior scientist in the Division of Clinical Pharmacology at Johnson and Johnson Company in Pennsylvania USA. The AIMCH provides health care services in the southwest region bordering the Sundarban of Bangladesh.
Diabetes Association of Bangladesh is a highly respected non-profit voluntary socio-medical service organization in Bangladesh established by Prof Dr Mohammed Ibrahim in 1956.
Dr Abu Siddiqui told The Daily Observer that his hospital would be a world class private medical college and a private nursing college in the country. He wanted to extend the health care services up to the grassroots' level through establishing a 250-bed general hospital and create awareness among the people of harmful effects of different diseases through counselling, seminars and workshops.
Shyamnagar Upazila in Satkhira district is considered the gateway to the Sundarban--the world's largest mangrove forest--where large numbers of wild animals inhabit. People working in the Sundarban and the Bay-of-Bengal are frequently attacked by the wild animals like tigers, sharks, crocodiles and snakes. Cyclone Aila affected people of Shyamnagar Upazila in the coastal belt of Satkhira, are still facing severe crisis of fresh drinking water since the last five years.
Most rivers, canals, ponds and wetlands in the coastal belt, particularly in Shyamnagar upazila in Satkhira district, were heavily exposed to salinity intrusion after the cyclone.
Dr Abu Siddiqui is interested in researching to develop biologics and vaccine for cancer, autoimmune, and infectious diseases.
The costal belt AIMCH was donate by Prof Dr AK Azad Khan, President, Bangladesh Diabetes Association and many other international agency like Deutsch Gesellschaft f?r Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and Anne Stokes Hochberg, USA
The hospital will be operated on cross-financing sources. The income generated from the treatment of solvent patients will be used for free treatment of poor patients. The Social Welfare Department of Bangladesh Diabetic Samity will evaluate the financial status of the patients according to Bangladesh Diabetic Samity guideline and determine the real poor patients.
The poor patients will receive free bed, insulin, medicine, diet and diagnostic investigation. With a view to providing improved treatment facility to women and children, provision has been kept for procuring modern technological equipment. As a result, it is hoped that the hospital will be financially viable along with the increase of confidence of the patients. The hospital will be operated by the appointed physicians and staff under the supervision of Bangladesh Diabetic Samity and representative from the founder and donor family.