A subsidiary of Subarta, the Specialized Geriatric Care Institute (SGCI) produces highly trained professional caregivers with specialised skills such as geriatric care, general care, and access to specialised full time doctors from various institutions. Subarta addresses the vacuum of professional caregivers in the sector and has trained a highly qualified staff who can provide professional care services, even at a client’s doorstep.
The innovation showcase will present how a frame change considering all aspects of elderly care system is necessary to ensure long term adaptive solutions for a country’s growing needs. Through our partnership with the Alabama State University, Subarta is building a cadre of caregivers who have the skills and knowledge to cater to the unique needs of the vulnerable, in their centers and outside.
Existing Condition of the Project
There is a dearth need of professional and efficient caregivers in the society. Our people in general are dependent on house servent or upon to family members for Caring. To Cope with the need of time, Subarta is imparting practical and theoretical training to caregivers. On completion of training, they are put to duty either at our center or at outdoor (at elderly resident’s house. The caregivers are getting and from reasonable salary range. The Caregivers are mostly recruited from village area with sound physique and capability.
To provide high-paying jobs and career advancement chances for women, SSEL proposes to launch the non-medical managed care sector of “Carelogy” in Bangladesh by founding a geriatric care training institute.
The existing condition of the project is quite satisfactory. Subarta has already purchased land for this project and the construction work is going on. At present, SGCI is providing training in rental care center of Subarta Trust in Manikganj, Shingair.
Local courses for 2 months and care training for 4 months are going on. Total 6 months training are currently providing under SGCI which includes ‘Certificate in Geriatric First Aid Care’, ‘Certificate in Geriatric Primary Care’, ‘Certificate in Geriatric General Care’.
1. Basic Course in Geriatric First Aid Care: This group of trainees is called Swagan, who are the caregivers (CA). Its duration is 4 weeks.
2. Basic Course in Geriatric Primary Care: This trainee is called Suhrid; Who will be known as Junior Caregivers (JCG). Its duration is 4 weeks.
3. Certificate Course in General Care: This training is called Supriti, who is Senior Caregiver.
4. Certificate Course in Special Care: Professional Health Care Caregiver Duration will be 6 trainings in 3 years;
Training class and training venue and number of trainees:
Swagan – who will train 10 trainees per batch. 60 people will be trained in every 6 teams and 40 people will be trained in 40% storm centers. Swagan category trainees will be trained in their own backyard in the village.
Suhrid-class trainees will be trained at Subarta Centre, a charitable institution in the region, at a place provided by donors. Each center of 20 persons will train 80 persons in 4 months and (80*3) = 240 persons in a year, 50% from this class will go to storm and remaining 50% will participate in professional training facility from Gramin Srambazar.
Supriti– 120 people will undergo institute training and will be shifted to Shushakti Scheme for job placement after their residential facility and training.
Sukriti– After two years of working in the market, 17% of the workers will be given a one-year training service course in training institutes for specialized care services training.
We have internal arrangement with Geriatric Faculty Department of Albama Universtuy of USA and their Asst. Professor Dr. Samia Uddin is training our Care givers face to face, when possible and giving training through Skype. She trains our Caregivers and award Certificate to them. Further, Our Two Caregivers received six months training on palliative care at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University. It enriched their Capacity of caring. A manual has been prepared by Subarta Trust for Caring and Resource person of different discipline are working with manual.
‘Bangladesh Technical Education Board’ is accredited Specialized Geriatric Care Institute (SGCI) for Caregiver training and also got institutional authorisation from National Skill Development Authority (NSDA) recently.
The intervention: Subarta already has over 50 active trained care-givers equipped to deliver professional care services at your doorstep! Upon completion of the institute, Subarta will have the capacity to train over 10,000 new professional caregivers by the first five years of its operation.
Involvement of United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)
The UNCDF a window of the United Nations (UN) System has showed its interest to support the project. However, its financial support is contingent to contribution from other sources for CSR, local donor and debt financing.