Challenges and Recommendation of Medical Social Work in Bangladesh

Challenges and Recommendation of Medical Social Work in Bangladesh

If we follow the world perspective we will see that social work is a profession of developed countries but in least developing countries like Bangladesh social work does not get the professional recognition. The per capita income of Bangladesh is just about 599 us dollar (UNDP report 2008). For health sector the present government of Bangladesh gave only 5.9 % in national budget which is so much little amount. Now the overall constant of medical social work in Bangladesh are given bellow:
1.     Lack of financial constant and extreme poverty
2.     In sufficient knowledge of social service officer
3.     Lack of doctors co operation
4.     Without getting the professional recognition of social work discipline
5.     Lack of sufficient agency for exercising the field work practice
6.     Lack of relevant literature
7.     Lack of efficient medical social worker.
8.     Dual administrative tangle of medical social service.
9.     Unawareness about the role of medical social worker.
10.  To pressurize the medical social workers to do some less important task like communications, sending the patients, giving the information to the patient’s family.
11.   Lack of aftercare treatment.
12.   Lack of proper rehabilitation programme
13.   Inadequate of budget.
14.   Lack of proper communication and co-ordination
15.  Finally red tapism is the extreme and giant problem of medical social         work




To ensure transparent satisfactory and proper medical service, medical social work is must needed part of hospital service. So our government should aware about medical social work sector immediately. To update the medical social work, some suggestion can be taken such as
§    To provide sufficient financial support for medical social work
§    Government should give concern towards medical services
§    To remove the misunderstanding between hospital authority and social service department
§    To ensure training for the social service officer and apprentice social workers
§   To establish social work discipline as profession to remove the red tapism in hospital social survive sector
§    To provide more funding for health sector.
§    To create awareness about social work and social service department
Finally ministry of social welfare, civil society, pioneer social worker and all works of life should come for updating the health services and medical social work.

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