About DSK

Who We Are: Dushthya Shashthya Kendra (DSK) – meaning health service for the distressed people is a health-WASH-livelihood, non-formal education, DRR, climate change impact focused non-profit private voluntary development organization.
Initially a group of young Medical Doctors and social activists observing appalling condition of people living in slums decided to start a Friday health clinic in Tegaon area of Dhaka city, to help this people to overcome some of their primary health care needs. This voluntary effort was named as “Niramoy Free Friday Health clinic” and it was started in mid-eighties.
After some years during the prolonged deluge of 1988 this activist group decided to consolidate the effort under the banner of an organization and agreed to name the organization as Dustha Shasthya Kendra (DSK). During the flood of 1988 newly formed organization operated few health teams to support flood affected poor people in Dhaka.
At the face of growing demand from the community and felt necessity DSK eventually turned into a registered organization for other development services in 1989.
Over the time DSK emerged as a national level humanitarian and development organization. As per strategic plan its target audience includes poor in Wetlands, Coastal belt and the urban poor i.e. extreme poor slum dwellers of the major urban centers and small towns, cyclone SIDR AILA and water logged affected populations of the coastal belt, marginal and landless households of the Haor (wetland) region (tectonic depressions) of the north-east part of Bangladesh.
Major interventions of DSK are: health care services (primary to secondary and tertiary), water, sanitation, Hygiene; disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation and mitigation; Rohingya health care and WASH response, non-formal education for the out-of-school children, livelihood improvement through asset transfer and micro-finance, to facilitate building institutions for the poor and extreme poor women as backbone of all its activities.
DSK activities have been expanded to 118 sub-districts under 16 districts. Service delivery is being carried out through its 150 field offices. A total of 1682 regular staff members are reaching as many as 840,000 HHs (4.2 million people) with various humanitarian and development services in 2018.
The development partners of DSK in 2017-2018 comprised of following organizations: brac, CAFOD, Christian Aid, DWASA/AFD, Dan Church Aid/ECHO, International Organization for Migration (IOM), Kindernothilfe (KNH), Manchester University, Oxfam, Plan International, Save the Children International, Unite for Body Rights-Bangladesh Alliance /EKN, Unicef, Water Aid, Water First International. Besides, financial organizations like PKSF (government foundation) and commercial Banks are also supporting its lending operation.
DSK is governed by executive committee of DSK and registered with the Department of Social Welfare (Dha-02773), NGO Affairs Bureau(No 571) and Micro credit Regulatory Authority (MRA-No 02100-01985-00369 ) under Bangladesh Bank in Bangladesh.


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Distribution of Basic Tools & Equipments

DSK has distributed basic tools & equipments among volunteers to deal with disaster in Khulna District. District Compressional Mr. Amin Ul Ahsan has present at this time.          

Celebration of National Sanitation Month

DSK has celebrated National Sanitation Month, October 2017 for one of DSK's project Extension of Community WASH Services supported by Water 1st International.

CBO Jugantor AGM Program


Protest against “Child Marriage Act, 2016”

Protest-Child-Marriage-Act-2016 Protest against proposed “child marriage act, 2016” in front of central Shaheed Minar of Sreepur Upazilla, Gazipur organized by Plan Int. Bangladesh, GPU, DSK, DAM and others organizations

MoU – Dhaka WASA & DSK consortium

MoU-signed-with-Dhaka-WASA-NGOs-News A MoU signing Ceremony of a project named “Billing Performance Improvement for Low Income Community” has taken place between Dhaka WASA and DSK Consortium (DSK, BASA, Nagorik Sheba Foundation, NDBUS) on January 29, 2017 at DWASA Bhaban, Karwan Bazaar, Dhaka. Engr. Uttam Kumar Roy, FCMA-Commercial Manager, DWASA, Dr. Dibalok Singha-Executive Director, DSK, A.K.M Shirajul Islam-Executive Director, BASA, Shah Emdadul Haque-Executive Director, Nagorik Sheba Foundation and Md Abdul Hamid Fakir-president, NDBUS were present at time of the signing session. Under this project, DWASA will engage the mentioned NGOs for the contracted period to operate revenue activities of LIC accounts. This is a contract of 36 months which will be renewed every year and may be extended for further months subject to the satisfactory performance of the operator.

Workshop on EP Reduction by VGD

Workshop on Extreme Poverty Reduction by VGD at Netrakona Workshopat-Netrakona

Dialogue on VGD in Khaliajhuri


Information Right Day Celebration by DSK