Brazil offers help to Grameen Healthcare Trust
Brazil offered to provide financial and technical assistance to Grameen Healthcare Trust to give better healthcare services to the rural people.
The offer came when Nobel Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus met with Brazilian Vice Minister of Health at the Health Ministry in Brasilia on June 13, according to a message from Yunus's secretariat.
They discussed possible cooperation between Grameen and Brazilian government in the area of healthcare for the poor.
The vice minister offered to provide financial and technical assistance to Grameen Healthcare Trust from the Brazilian Ministry of Health for development of primary healthcare programmes in Bangladesh, and eventually of state of the art healthcare facilities in the country.
The vice minister also agreed to a proposal by Prof Yunus to provide medical training for Bangladeshi doctors and health workers in Brazilian medical institutions.
In a separate meeting, the Grameen Bank founder also called on the minister of agragrian development in his office on Friday.
The minister briefed Prof Yunus on special programme created by the Lula administration to help develop the most poor regions of Brazil, with 60 'citizenship territories' targeted for agrarian development.
Referring to the instruction of President Lula, the minister wanted assistance from Bangladesh in building sustainable Grameen programmes in Brazil.
Prof Yunus assured to provide all assistance in this area. He told the minister that Bangladesh would also like to learn from agriculture practices and agrarian programmes that have been successful in Brazil.
The minister offered to send a high level team from Brazil to Bangladesh to find areas in which they could provide technical assistance.