Brahmonbazar Christian Health Project (BCHP) is a service oriented health program.
It has its main health centre at Brahmonbazar Union of Kulaura Upazila, under Moulvibazar District. It started as a Primary health care Program in 1979, by the missionaries of Norwegian Santal Mission, with the name santal Mission Norwegian Board Health Project (SMNB Health Project). Gradually the project was converted to a curative health program, as per need of the rural people of Kulaura and other Upazilas of Moulvibazar District, in order to serve rural people in their needs of curative health care. There is a large number of population of the Khasi tribe, and the marginal tea garden population, in KulauraUpazila and the surrounding region, whose access to available curative care is difficult for economic reason, as well as for difficult access to curative care available only in towns. These people, together with the general population far and around the project, is being benefited from the Project centre. From later part 2008, the project also started to run an out-reach centre at IsacherraKhasiPunji, a very remote and difficult to reach area, in Karmodha Union of KulauraUpazila, for providing primary level health care to the Khasi tribe and, others in that locality.
The activities of the project is aimed mainly to maternal and child care providing most of the services in curative health works, as well as possible curative care to people who seek for it. The health centre remains open 8 hours on all working days for out-door patient treatment. Besides the health centrei kept open round the clock for in patient care. The centre has the provision for 35 beds for in-patient care. The centre provides common diagnostic services through a clinical laboratory, X-rays, E.C.G. and, Ultra-sound examinations. The centre also runs a primary health care center, and has vaccination centre. Doctors, nurses, technicians and paramedics are accommodated in the project compound so that they are available any time they need to be
In the past, about 32 years ago, during the time of inception of this health project, health care facilities were scarce in many or most rural localities in Bangladesh. At that time it was only the KulauraUpazila Health Complex from where health care services were available in the areas around BCHP. The tea garden population, a very low income group of people, and the Khasi tribe living in the remote and difficult to reach areas of Kulaura, Juri and BaralekhaUpazilas, had very little or no opportunity for access to primary level health care. Even the economic situation was very poor in rural population in general. Mortality and morbidity were high among the people of the areas around the health project, as in many other rural areas in Bangladesh.
Initially The Norwegian Santal Mission launched a village based primary health care program, covering the total population of two adjacent Unions. Brahmonbazar and Jaifornagar, of KulauraUpazila. The program continued till 1994, reducing maternal and child mortality, and morbidity in general. As the Govt. primary health care works program gained momentum and intensified satisfactorily to cover the above two unions with preventive health care activities, the need of extending primary health care works by BCHP became minimal, and was stopped . But curative health care remained a want of the rural population of the area, and other places surrounding. In order to face this need of the people, near and far around the health project, the project took up more and more curative works. Curative activities were strengthened and the project was gradually developed into more or less a secondary level curative health centre. The project is now extending curative health services, with common diagnostic facilities, in-patient care in 35 beds, together with clinical care of out-patients. Activities are directed mainly to benefit mothers and children, through out-door and in-door obstetric care, and treatments of ailing children and women, and for others as well who seek for the services, in order to avert deaths among these vulnerable groups, as well as to serve people in distress due to health reasons.