The government of Bangladesh and an Indian pharmaceutical firm, Sandor Medicaid, have signed the first public private partnership (PPP) project in the country to develop two Hemodialysis Centres.
The project involves the development of two hemodialysis centers in two existing centres located in government hospitals, namely, Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) in Chittagong, and National Institute of Kidney Disease (NIKDU) in Dhaka,
The CMCH hemodialysis center project involves the establishment of about 40 station Dialysis Centre that will be provided within the existing or adjacent facilities. It is expected that the private operator will procure, install, upgrade, maintain and operate the facilities and the equipments.
CMCH is the only tertiary medical college hospital in southern part of Bangladesh. It is the only government run hemodialysis unit in Chittagong with provision of only 9 haemodialysis beds.
The NIKDU hemodialysis center project involves the establishment of about 70 station Dialysis Centre within a space of approximately 5000 sq feet that will be provided within the existing institute. It is expected that the private operator will procure, install, upgrade, maintain and operate the facilities and the equipments.
NIKDU is the only Institute for Nephrology & Urology in Bangladesh and provides education, research & treatment facilities for nephrology & urological diseases. It was set up in April 2001.
The project will be developed on a design, build, finance, operation and maintenance (DBFOM) basis. The concession period is 10 years.
The project will meet the increasing demand for quality dialysis treatment in the country. It will result in increase of number of dialysis sessions at the two hospitals by about 8 times; number of subsidized dialysis sessions provided to poor patients will increase by 33%.
The request for proposals (RFP) was issued on 3 February 2014. The international finance corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank, has been acting as transaction advisor for the project.