Dementia Volunteer Group : Forging a countrywide network

SWBF Head of Operations, Maj Gen (ret'd) JK Das (centre), sat next to SWBF Medical Director, Lt. Col. (Retd) Dr A N M Shahidul Alam seen here with the first batch of new SWBF dementia volunteers along with SWBF staff

SWBF Head of Operations, Maj Gen (ret’d) JK Das (centre), sat next to SWBF Medical Director, Lt. Col. (Retd) Dr A N M Shahidul Alam seen here with the first batch of new SWBF dementia volunteers along with SWBF staff

By linking in with over 8,000 Union Information Centers operated by the government in Bangladesh, the Beveridge Foundation hopes to further expand its volunteer programme across the country in the next few years. Over the coming months, the intention is to secure at least one volunteer in each of the 64 districts and then, over the coming years, to spread this to over 460 sub-districts utilising the Centres to help with this.

“The first batch of 18 volunteers have already been trained, equipped with information in the form of leaflets and newsletters and deployed in a number of districts,” said  SWBF Medical Director in Bangladesh. “These volunteers are made up of men and women representing major ethnic communities and will also include those from minority groups as the volunteer programme expands.

“The first volunteers include people who are already familiar with the Beveridge Foundation’s work in Bangladesh and were recommended by the Foundation’s staff.

They come from a variety of backgrounds and professions and are aged from 22 to 65 years old. This first batch have completed a training programme covering subjects such as raising their awareness of our activities in Bangladesh; what dementia is, how it manifests itself, treatments and care; the objectives of the Dementia Bangladesh Unit and how to devise and develop dementia awareness raising activities in their areas. I am confident it will turn out to be a very rewarding and much-needed enterprise.”


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