Riaz recognised physical wellbeing as a crucial area of intervention. As a territory manager, he is in charge of a distributor field force of 220 workers via a Dhaka distribution company. Wages are low in Bangladesh and none of the field force have the means to pay for regular healthcare. So, working with the distributor, Riaz set up a scheme, called ‘Pulse – Good Health for All’, to provide a free health check-up for the team.
The scheme was launched on 7 April include year to mark World Health Day. Four doctors attended the ‘check-up camp’ and the entire field force was given a health screening. The doctors were supplied by a local healthcare provider, with whom Riaz negotiated a 50% discount, the fees being paid by the distributor.
The workers were each given an ECG to check heart health. They were also tested for their blood sugar levels, kidney function and Hepatitis B. Three of the workers were found to have kidney problems and two were diagnosed with diabetes. All five were made aware of their health condition and are now on medication.