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.