The Unsung Hero Behind HOPE Bangladesh

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Girls' Globe

There are many unsung heroes in our world who work tirelessly to better the lives of people besides themselves. One of these people is Dr. Iftikher Mahmood, who, for the last 15 years, has quietly been improving the health of countless women in need who would otherwise be forgotten.

Dr. Iftikher Mahmood, Founder of HOPE Foundation for Women & Children of Bangladesh  Photo Credit: Dr. Tareq Salahuddin Dr. Iftikher Mahmood, Founder of HOPE Foundation for Women & Children of Bangladesh
Photo Credit: Dr. Tareq Salahuddin

Dr. Mahmood was born in southern Bangladesh in Cox’s Bazar, a region of the country where 9 in 10 women deliver their babies at home without access to a trained medical professional. Today, he lives in Miami, Florida, where he is a pediatrician. But he always knew he wanted to do something to help those who needed medical care in his home country.

So, in 1999, he rented a facility that he turned into a one-room outpatient clinic, putting his own money…

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