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SHIP HEALTHCARE Group’s business and SDGs

SHIP HEALTHCARE Group’s business and SDGs

Overseas hospital management(Bangladesh)

“Provide world-class medical service at reasonable price utilizing
our know-how of hospital management in Japan”

Contribution to SDGs

SDGs the Hospital management project in Bangladesh contribute to
Japan East West Medical College Hospital

Japan East West Medical College Hospital

The first overseas hospital management project.
The Japanese-style general hospital, which brings together the know-how cultivated through the projects of many hospitals that the Ship Healthcare Group has been involved in, protects many people’s lives, and supports their health in Bangladesh.

Healthcare environment in Bangladesh

Problems to be solved
Delay in the development of medical infrastructure for advanced medical care
Our Solution
Provide advanced medical service that satisfies international standards
In Bangladesh, life expectancy is rising, and the mortality rate is declining along with economic development, and the amount of medical expenses is rising year by year.
Although infectious diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis used to occupy the top mortality factors before, at the same time as eating habits and living standards improve, lifestyle diseases such as cancer etc. and non-communicable diseases such as diabetes etc. account for about 60% of the total. The disease structure is changing.
Despite this change in the disease structure, the development of medical infrastructure corresponding to it has been delayed, and it is common for wealthy people to visit hospitals in neighboring Thailand and Singapore. Under this situation, the development of advanced medical infrastructure in the country is urgently required.

In the hospital, which we operate in Bangladesh, will introduce advanced medical equipment such as CT and MRI to meet the medical needs in the country. We aim to contribute to the improvement of medical standards by providing highly specialized medical services by utilizing the know-how we built up through hospital management in Japan.
Problems to be solved
Insufficient in number of beds and medical workers
Our Solution
Providing some free beds and developing medical human resources in collaboration with local medical universities

In Bangladesh, the number of medical institutions and beds are increasing. However, the number of beds per 1,000 people is 1.0 (as of 2019), which is very small compared to the average of 4.7 beds in OECD member countries including Japan. Our hospital will be a large hospital with about 600 beds, of which 10% will be provided for free.
There is also a serious shortage of medical workers. The number of medical staff per 10,000 population is 6 doctors and 4 nurses, which is significantly smaller than the level of Asia Pacific * (14 doctors and 30 nurses (as of 2017)). There is a medical university and a nursing university operated by our Bangladeshi partner Dr. Moazzem next to the hospital we operate. We accepts students from the universities in the hospital, provide training opportunities, and also focus on developing medical human resources in Bangladesh.

* Asia Pacific includes Australia, Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam
Reference: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, March 2020 International Medical Care Country Report, Bangladesh

Joint investment project with Japan International Cooperation Agency JICA

This project supports the Bangladesh government's policy of ensuring fairer and higher quality healthcare and improving medical services and contributes to the international expansion of Japanese medical service which the Japanese government aim for. Based on this, we entered into an investment agreement with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for this project. We will continue to provide better quality medical service to the people in Bangladesh with the cooperation of JICA *1.

*1 Established as an Incorporated Administrative Agency under the Act of the Incorporated Administrative Agency - Japan International Cooperation Agency (Act No. 136, 2002), JICA aims to contribute to the promotion of international cooperation as well as the sound development of Japanese and global economy by supporting the socioeconomic development, recovery or economic stability of developing regions. (from JICA official website)

Current situation in Bangladesh

As the spread of COVID-19 continues, our hospital has been accepting infected people since June 2020 at the request of the Bangladeshi government.
General medical service is scheduled to be started sequentially.