As we observe Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day, highlighting stories like Rowshan’s is key to making the case for equity in health care. By ensuring free or low-cost quality services, where patients need them most, AUHC assures that UHC is truly accessible and impactful for Bangladeshis. Thanks to this partnership, 240 patients across the country accessed vision care services in their communities between January and March 2022. Additionally, after six months of the pilot, most of the patients say that the services they received improved their quality of life.

As a result of the pilot’s success, SHN will expand the DOT Glasses partnership to all 134 SHN clinics, ensuring equitable access to vision care for all patients. The project will also continue working with the Government of Bangladesh and the private sector to facilitate greater access to vision care across the country.

Photo: Rowshan Akter (left) counts shrimp larvae for a living. She can continue working thanks to access to eyecare services and glasses. Credit: USAID Bangladesh AUHC activity.