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Corporate Social Responsibility to Acid Survivors Foundation Hospital

Corporate Social Responsibility to Acid Survivors Foundation Hospital

PCSB conducted its 2nd CSR to the Acid Survivors Foundation Hospital on 29.10.2015 to stand for acid attacks survivors and against acid attacks in Bangladesh. The concept was to work as a bridge between survivors and the society, as most of the victims of this brutal crime, have isolated themselves after losing their parts of the body, like an outcast.

Acid violence is a form of gender based violence that reflects and perpetuates the inequality of women in society. Gender based violence is a common scenario in Bangladesh. This form of violence cuts across cultural and religious barriers and impede on women's right to fully participate in society.

Many victims suffer from complete mental breakdown including identity crisis because of their lost and distorted appearance. Most stop their education or work during the length recovery period or beyond, due to disfigurement. Some survivors and their families face huge economic losses because of the time and money spent on treatment and lengthy legal proceedings.

Acid Survivor Foundation (ASF) was formed with a vision to reduce and eventually eliminate acid attacks in Bangladesh and ensure that acid survivors are able to live with dignity. In this regard, they have runs a 20-bed hospital fully equipped to provide standard burn care services including plastic and reconstructive surgery in a low resource set up.

As PCSB believes in community involvement and giving back to those communities where we do our business. In this noble purpose, we contributed to ASF Hospital in this month where Acid Victims are getting free psychological care, legal assistance and financial support for economic rehabilitation.

Donations to ASFH help them provide a number of services to survivors from medical services like surgery and physical therapy, to psychosocial counseling, to legal counsel and advocacy activities. Most funds will go to the financial assistance of survivors and their families as they pursue education and/or employment skills.

In addition, by this CSR, we can focus on the objective to develop the capacity and skills of the members of socially and economically disadvantaged communities in Bangladesh in such a way that they are better able to identify, and help meet, their needs, and to participate more fully in society.

Survivors often face social isolation which further damage their self esteem and socioeconomic status. If they get support from this hospital, these will prevent many acid victims from living independent lives resulting in a situation of vulnerability and dependency.