Health and Education for All (HAEFA) is a US-based 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit founded in 2012 as a response to the poor health and working conditions of garment workers in Bangladesh. Dr. Ruhul Abid, a researcher at the Warren Alpert Medical School, formulated the idea of HAEFA along with Dr. Rosemary Duda while at Harvard Medical School in 2011 and then founded HAEFA in 2012. HAEFA designed a screening program for common noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) among factory workers.
HAEFA has screened 25,000 garment factory workers since its founding in 2013 using the entirely paperless NIROG EMR system. With the influx of Rohingya refugees to Bangladesh in 2017, HAEFA shifted its attention to this vulnerable population and began using and modifying the system developed for the garment workers to screen the Rohingya people for NCDs.
Health on Wheels
Health on Wheels, a healthcare service program of Health and Education for All (HAEFA), a non-profit organization founded in 2012 by faculty members at Harvard Medical School and Brown University Alpert Medical School, provides free healthcare and medicines to garment workers of Bangladesh. Its main objective is to improve the healthcare of industrial workers through On-Site (inside the factories) preventive and curative healthcare. It also trains in-house, garment factory's medical and paramedical staff for better care and provides health and nutrition-cum-feminine hygiene education through educational training. The HAEFA physicians have expertise in public health around the globe and are highly experienced in working for the underprivileged people in developing countries like Bangladesh, Haiti, Ghana and Micronesia.
The PI of the project, Ruhul Abid, MD, PhD, in collaboration with Rosemary Duda, MD, MPH, an Associate Professor of Harvard Medical School, and Dr. Soumitro Pal of Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School have developed a fast, On-Site Medical Check-Up/health screening system that collects digital medical records in real time. This procedure screens and provides treatment for common non-communicable diseases (NCD) and communicable diseases including but not limited to hypertension, diabetes, anemia, asthma and tuberculosis.