Establishing a nurse-managed health center for the urban poor in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Tae Wha Lee, Su Jeong Lee, Myeong Seon Kim, Yoona Choi

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Abstract

Objectives: Despite the rise in community health problems in populations living in urban slums, activities of community health nurses are limited in Bangladesh. This study aimed to describe how a nurse-managed health center (NMHC) was developed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Design: An exploratory-descriptive research design was used. Sample and Measurements: The commitment phase was conducted to establish partnerships in the community. Involvement of community leaders and members and partnerships with various organizations were established successfully in the commitment phase. The assessment phase was completed by implementing personal interviews, community site visits, and household surveys of 172 households in the community. Action plans were developed and strategies were followed to change the community during the planning phase. Results: Household survey results showed that community people suffered from non-communicable diseases, risk behaviors, and inadequate housing conditions. The high-priority community needs included nutrition and chronic management services, behavior change programs, and a clean environment. Action plans for health programs based on community needs and strategies such as securing manpower and equipment were developed. Conclusions: The systematic process of creating a NMHC, and the necessity of the community health nurse's role in responding to health needs of the urban poor in Dhaka, Bangladesh was confirmed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)560-568
Number of pages9
JournalPublic Health Nursing
Volume37
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jul 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nursing(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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