Saturday 23 November, 2013, Dhaka.
Twelve disabled survivors from the Rana Plaza building collapse received their mechanical prosthetic limbs from BRAC today at an informal event held at BRAC Brace and Limb Centre (BLBC) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The development organisation also announced it is providing fixed deposits of BDT 100,000 for each of the 12 survivors to support their long-term rehabilitation.
Since the tragic incident in Savar on April 24, 2013, BRAC has been working in close collaboration with the National Institute of Traumatology, Orthopedics and Rehabilitation (NITOR), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare under the leadership of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to support survivors. So far, BLBC had supported 26 patients in NITOR with free Taylor Braces.
Dr. Zulfikar Ali Lenin, Director Health, Prime Minister’s Office, Prof Kh Abdul Awal Rizvi, Director NITOR, Vice Chairperson of BRAC and BRAC's senior directors were present at the event.
Dr Ali shared how the government had taken the initiative to prepare a list of all victims of the Rana Plaza building collapse, categorised them based on their type of injury and provided emergency healthcare support to the survivors. He also mentioned that the government has taken initiatives to mitigate any repetition of such incidents.
Dr Kaosar Afsana, Director of BRAC’s health, nutrition and population programme (HNPP) said BRAC is happy to play an important role in supporting some of the survivors of the tragic incident and hoped that repetition of such a tragedy would not take place in the future.
Vice-chairperson of BRAC, Dr Ahmed Mushtaque Raza Chowdhury, acknowledged the importance of the garment sector's contribution to the economy of Bangladesh, adding, "Such intra-sector collaboration can ensure delivery of timely and quality services to the community people".