Under the umbrella of HAEFA, Drs. Duda, Abid, Pal and Mr. Mohiuddin have been working as unpaid volunteers and officers to fulfill Health on Wheels’ major goals.
In August 2013, Dr. Abid and Dr. Duda traveled to Dhaka, Bangladesh after the collapse of the garment factory Rana Plaza that killed more than 1,100 workers. Drs. Abid and Duda provided free medicine, health screenings and treatment.
With the help of local educators, factory managers and health professionals, Health On Wheels also furnished information about drinking water safety, industrial safety measures, nutrition, health and hygiene education and menstrual health and hygiene for 9,000 workers in three different garment factories over the course of two weeks in 2013.
Health on Wheels trained medical professionals serving three large garments factories about occupational health and hazards, immunizations and health screenings to prevent chronic and infectious disease.
Health On Wheels also trained existing health workers at the garment factories about the importance of ante-natal care.
Drs. Abid and Duda gave lectures and seminars on cardiovascular disease, breast and cervical cancer, at the National Heart Foundation in Mirpur, the National Institute Cardiovascular Disease at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Medical University, and Dhaka Medical College. Dr. Duda led faculty development at Bangladesh and lectured on faculty development at Bangladesh Institute for Research in Diabetes, Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders. Health on Wheels’ goal is to make the health and education programs self-sustaining and to help support local institutions in Bangladesh.