Health On Wheels, a health care delivery program of HAEFA (Health and Education for All), was founded in 2012 by US-based physicians, researchers and community leaders, dedicated to the health and prosperity of humanity beyond any national boundaries.
Health on Wheels is an on-site mobile health care delivery system devised by Health and Education for All (HAEFA), a not-for-profit organization. Health on Wheels uses on-site healthcare workers,sophisticated cell phone-based m-Health and electronic medical record (EMR) software to coordinate screening test results, diagnosis, and treatment regime with our physicians. All patient and employer records are kept strictly confidential and secure. Hundreds of workers are seen each month, with regular follow up appointments scheduled as necessary to improve their physical and mental health, and sustain their well-being.
Current health situation of garment factory employees:
85% of the workers are female and under the age of 35 years
30% of the female workers suffer from mild to moderate levels of anemia
12% of the workers are diabetic and most of them are undiagnosed!
11% of the workers are hypertensive (high blood pressure), and are undiagnosed!
17% of the workers have respiratory diseases including asthma and TB
Health on Wheels is a pioneering nonprofit health care delivery organization that serves the unmet health needs of the garment industry employees in Bangladesh.
Dr. E. Jane Carter
E. Jane Carter is a pulmonary physician at the Miriam Hospital and Associate Professor of Medicine (Teaching Scholar) at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University. Dr. Carter has focused her work on Tuberculosis throughout her career. In Rhode Island she worked with the RI Department of Health sponsored TB Clinic for over 22 years. She is the immediate past president of the International Union Against TB and Lung Disease, whose mission is the development of Health Solutions for the Poor. She is the Director of the Brown University – Moi University Kenya Medical Exchange Program (AMPATH Consortium). In recognition of her global health work, she was awarded the World Lung Health Award from the American Thoracic Society in 2013. Jane has been working in the Rohingya camps since 2017 and has been leading the TB programs at HAEFA since then. Dr. Carter serves as the Senior Vice President and Director, Global Health at HAEFA.
Rosemary B. Duda, MD, MPH
Dr. Duda received her medical degree from the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (MD) and her Masters of Public Health degree from Harvard School of Public Health (MPH). She is currently an Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and is a faculty member at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston. She is an active participant in many global health initiatives at Harvard and BIDMC.
Dr. Duda has extensive global health experience in several capacities. She has conducted population based epidemiologic health and anthropologic studies in Ghana, health education studies in Nicaragua, and helped develop breast health and cancer awareness programs in several countries. She has served as a medical and surgical volunteer in Bangladesh, Ghana, Nicaragua, Haiti, and St. Lucia, WI and was a member of the USA emergency surgical team for victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. She also served as an instructor for the Surgical Oncology Program in Taiwan.
In 2014-2015, she served as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer as the Public Health Advisor to the Chief of Public Health and Chief of Medicine in Yap, Federated States of Micronesia. She has extensive experience in Public Health program development, immunization and child health programs, disaster relief work, writing and implementing disaster preparedness plans, and serving on the Yap State Working Group Logistics and Planning committee. She was also invited to serve as a member of the Yap Human Trafficking Committee. She also conducted the health surveillance for Yap State Public Health following the typhoon destruction of several Yap islands in 2015.
She is an educator, investigator, relief and rescue provider and healthcare provider. Her clinical interests include public health, cancer and surgical oncology.
Dr. Duda serves as the Vice-President of HAEFA. As our Global Health Advisor, Dr. Duda helps design and analyze health education, health screening and health care delivery programs.
Soumitro Pal, PhD
Dr, Pal received his PhD in Physiology from University of Calcutta, India. He did his post-doctoral research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston. Currently, he is working as a faculty at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital. He is an expert in renal/kidney cancer research. His primary area of interest includes dissecting the signal transduction pathways for the growth and progression of renal cancer. His work has demonstrated how the angiogenic growth factors (like, VEGF) and the cytoprotective molecules (like, HO-1) can play a critical role in the survival of renal cancer cells and mediating chemoresistance. His work has significant translational importance for drug development. He serves as reviewers in many scientific journals and study sections. He is also associated with different non-profit organizations and charitable work in Boston.
As Director, Dr. Pal takes an active role in event planning, fund raising, organizing and implementing events.
Khan Mohiuddin, B.Sc.
Mr. Khan Mohiuddin received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Bangladesh Institute of Technology, Chittagong. He is involved in humanitarian and charitable work in Boston and Bangladesh. He is a well-respected member of the Boston community.
Mr. Mohiuddin serves as Secretary, keeping and maintaining meeting and event minutes and other administrative documents.
Svein Gaute Bleivik
Svein-Gaute Bleivik has 50 years of experience from the national and international telecom business. Being a pioneer from Telenor’s international mobile operations with senior technical positions held in GrameenPhone (Bangladesh), DiGi Telecom (Malaysia), Esat Digifone (Ireland), ViagInterkom GmbH (Germany), and as senior technical advisor in Telenor Global Coordination (mobile operations).
Since leaving Telenor Group he has engaged in Asset Recovery, Renewable Energy, MW&Fiber Network Planning tools, Secure Communication, Internet AccessControl, WiFi Tech and Services, whilst engaging in several start-ups for consulting and support. He holds a broad network of international contacts primarily within Telecoms and other global business. He is still eager to participate and initiate improved solutions for communication technology&services, clean energy, global environment and human health.
Indranil Dutta, a Microsoft Certified Master in Unified Communications, working as the Principal PFE, Business Productivity and North America SFB Technology Manager at Mircrosoft, supports the IT Team including digital database of Health and Education for All (HAEFA) since 2015. He also works as an advisor for HAEFA's software development programs and data analysis. Indranil is actively involved in HAEFA's fund raising programs that support on-site workplace health clinics (Health on Wheels) for the underserved populations in Bangladesh including garment workers and rickshaw pullers.
Tasneem Ahmed, Esq
Tasneem Ahmed, Esquire is an Attorney-at-Law engaged in private practice in the USA. She has also served as a Guardian ad Litem for children at risk in the Virginia court systems. Ms. Ahmed, a graduate of the American University Washington College of Law, is also admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. For the last decade and half she has also been engaged in activism in the Washington DC area in an effort to improve society through social and political reform by canvassing, recruiting, training, fundraising and by being a watchdog. Ms. Ahmed serves as the Washington DC area representative of HAEFA.
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