Following an approach from the Bangladesh High Commission in Australia and the Bangladeshi Architects in Australia, a HH representative visited Bangladesh in April 2012 and again in February 2013 to attempt to establish a trial sanitation program.
The Institute of Architects Bangladesh (IAB) and the Bangladeshi Architects in Australia assisted the first visit.
The IAB, again, and the Commonwealth Association of Architects helped assist the second visit.
Many universities, foundations and individual architects in Bangladesh contributed greatly to both visits and all were keen to assist a trial program to be established.
Healthhabitat (HH) is an Australian based company acting as a social business. For the last 28 years, HH has run projects aimed at improving health by improving the living environment.
The proposed program would be similar to the program in Nepal with a specific health focus. The Bangladesh program will almost certainly differ in detail to suit local resources as well as cultural, geographic and economic conditions.
Healthabitat is not a large organization and cannot promise extensive funds or even a guaranteed long term commitment to a future Bangladeshi program, but we can offer a range of health and design skills, community development tools, documents, links to a skilled Nepali team and limited funds to help establish a trial project.
To date (April 2013) Healthabitat have funded a team from Bangladesh to visit the program in Nepal (and also covered on costs in Nepal associated with the visit) so that the HH partner CHDS Nepal could give detailed information and experience about the program.
Healthabitat is keen to proceed with the program and asks for your response to the following questions and the attached as soon as possible.
Do you wish to be a partner in the TRIAL project?
Can your organization help in the ways described in the attached with the TRIAL project?
Can your organization help in any ways with the TRIAL project?
Are you interested in observing the TRIAL project and then considering your commitment to any future program?
Paul Pholeros AM
Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects
Director of Healthabitat
1. Villages/towns in the north of Bangladesh near Jelepara, Sundarabon and Dinajpur.
2. The Bangladesh NGO of SAFE (Simple Action For the Environment) located in the region and with a building and local community background.
3. Department of Architecture, BRAC University and Krom Architecture.
4. The Institute of Architects Bangladesh (IAB) and the Bangladeshi Architects in Australia group.
5. The Prokriti O Jibon Foundation of Bangladesh.
6. The High Commission of Bangladesh in Australia.
7. Healthabitat and partner organization Community Health and Development Society (CHDS) Nepal.
|Partners and suggested roles / contributions|
|Villages/towns in the north of Bangladesh near Jelepara, Sundarbon and Dinajpur||
|The Bangladesh NGO of SAFE (Simple Action For the Environment) located in the region and with a building and local community background||
|Department of Architecture, BRAC Universityand Krom Architecture||
|The Prokriti O Jibon Foundation of Bangladesh||
|The Institute of Architects Bangladesh (IAB) and the Bangladeshi Architects in Australia group||
|The High Commission of Bangladesh in Australia||
|Healthabitat and partner organisation Community Health and Development Society (CHDS) Nepal||
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