RSTS Poor Fund

RSTS always worked closely with the Department of Biomedical Physics & Technology (BMPT) of the University of Dhaka. In 2011 BMPT started developing technology for Telemedicine, targeting the rural population of Bangladesh, where there are no doctors in spite of the fact that 70% of the population lives there. The telemedicine programme got support of corporate bodies, Government and foreign funding agencies and towards the end of 2015 it was named Dhaka University Telemedicine Programme (DUTP) with permission of the University authority. Permission was also obtained from the DG Health of Bangladesh Government for spreading telemedicine activity throughout Bangladesh. In carrying out the telemedicine programme it was found that many poor patients cannot take the service since they do not have enough financial capability to pay for the doctor’s consultation and to purchase medicines. To provide a succor to this situation, RSTS established RSTS poor fund collecting ‘Zakat’ money or donations from individual or group donors. From this fund poor patients in all the rural telemedicine centres operated by DUTP are getting benefit.