Footsteps Bangladesh, a renowned next generation development organization, has implemented a public drinking water system under Project Trishna for doctors, staff, patients and their families at The National Institute of Cancer Research & Hospital (NICRH), in partnership with The City Bank Limited and Bangladesh Cancer Aid Trust - BANCAT. The inauguration ceremony took place on 7 February, 2021 at the hospital, NICRH, Mohakhali, TB Gate Road Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Nazmus Ahmed Albab, founder of Bangladesh Cancer Aid Trust, Quamrul Chowdhury, former general secretary of National Press Club, Faizul Reza Kabir, assistant manager of Brand and Corporate Affairs Division of The City Bank Limited and Shah Rafayat Chowudhury, co-founder and president of Footsteps Bangladesh were present at the inauguration ceremony along with other attendees.
Nazmus Ahmed and Faizul Reza expressed their gratitude to Footsteps for taking the initiative to ensure safe drinking water for people at the hospital. The public drinking water system is expected to provide safe water access for over a thousand people commuting on hospital grounds.
Shah Rafayat Chowdhury said, "In hospitals, there is a tremendous need for safe water access as people wait for hours for the treatment of their loved ones. Footsteps Bangladesh in partnership with BANCAT will try to ensure access to these systems in hospitals across Bangladesh. We are delighted that The City Bank Limited has joined in this incredible mission towards ensuring safe water for all by funding the first water system in Bangladesh Cancer Hospital."
Bangladesh Cancer Aid Trust – BANCAT is a nationwide, community-based, voluntary organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by prevention and diminishing suffering through education, advocacy and service. As of 2020, BANCAT have served more than 200 patients with BDT 10 million, supported by 100+ individuals and organizations.
Project Trishna, one of Footsteps' flagship social ventures, has been active since 2015 and has ensured safe water access in schools, hospitals and public areas for over 75,000 people across four districts in Bangladesh. Trishna intends to work closely with BANCAT in reaching more hospitals and health institutions and addressing their safe water needs.