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Mina Khatun Mina Khatun

Lepra Bangladesh Community Champion Award 2022

3 January 2023

Mina Khatun, a dedicated field-based health worker, has been working as a Community Champion with Lepra Bangladesh in the Kurigram Sadar sub-district for the last three years.

Before that, she was a Community Health Worker with RDRS Bangladesh where she received training in Morbidity Management and Disability Prevention (MMDP) for leprosy and filariasis and 'Mental Motivation' from Lepra Bangladesh. She is a frontline health volunteer supporting people affected by leprosy and lymphatic filariasis.

Mina has played an important role in educating the community about leprosy and lymphatic filariasis through Self-Care Practice Group (SCPG), home-based care and field visits. So far she has referred more than 2000 suspected leprosy cases to the Upazila Health Complex (UHC) for diagnosis and among them more than 100 confirmed leprosy cases.

As a Community Champion, she has facilitated the formation of Self-Care Practice Groups (SCPG) and home visits to patients for their home-based self-care. She is also highly skilled in ulcer care services for people affected by leprosy and lymphatic filariasis. She often follows her patients throughout the process from detection, to treatment and recovery, to ensure people receive the best care. She also played a key role in the provision of emergency food supplies during the severe flooding in 2022. 

“I like to serve the patient; I like it more when the patient is cured after sickness. I want to be engaged in health service all my life. I am always by the side of patients in and out of the job” 

Mina Khatun