PolliShasthaya: An Initiative to Reduce Inequality Between Urban and Rural Healthcare.

  1. Rabindranath Tagore Cancer Centre and Research Institute (RTCCRI) 

According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), about 160,000 people die of cancer in Bangladesh every year. World Health Organization (WHO) states that the number of cancer patients in the world will double by 2030. Most of these cancers will be in third-world countries. Bangladesh is gradually incorporating the latest technology and services in cancer treatment. But city hospital-centric systems are failing to provide adequate cancer diagnosis and treatment to rural inhabitants. And the number of deaths due to cancer is also increasing as there is no diagnosis at the beginning. The cure can be found to a large extent only if the diagnosis is made early and the danger signs of cancer are communicated to the rural underprivileged common people.

The number of cancer patients is increasing day by day in the surrounding areas of Naogaon like the whole of Bangladesh. In this case, it is very important to set up a cancer screening centre and primary cancer care especially for the less aware peoples in these marginal areas. If cancer services can be brought within the reach of marginalized people, the people of Patisar, Naogaon, and surrounding areas will be freed from the scourge of the disease.

Patisar a village in the Naogaon district and is noted for being associated with Rabindranath Tagore as a zamindar. Rabindranath Tagore first came to Patisar in January 1891. During his stay at Patisar, Tagore composed many of his creative works. Rabindranath Tagore established in the village a primary school, a High English school called Rathindranath High School, a charitable dispensary, and Patisar Krishi Bank (1905). He established at Patisar a co-operative society for the development of agriculture, handloom, and pottery.

Alo Bhubon Trust founder, Professor. Golam Abu Zakaria established a monument of Rabindranath Tagore on his 150th birthday in 2011 in collaboration with local organizer M Matiur Rahman Mamun in Patisar. He also wrote a book on Rabindranath in the German language, which was later published in English by the Bangla Academy.

Professor Zakaria has a deep affection for Rabindranath and has long experience in various social work in improving the quality of cancer treatment in Bangladesh and health and education in Naogaon district. Following this, M Matiur Rahman Mamun, on behalf of the local people of Patisar in Naogaon, called for the construction of a cancer hospital and research center in Patisar on the initiative of Alo Bhubon Trust.

In this regard, Alo Bhubon Trust has decided to establish Rabindranath Tagore Cancer Centre and Research Institute (RTCCRI) at Patisar.