Maternal and Child mortality rate in Bangladesh is still significantly high. In this regard, the government of
Bangladesh has taken the initiative to provide skilled health services at community level through Community
Clinics. But there is huge shortage of skilled Community Paramedics in Bangladesh. In order to ensure maternal
and child health care in rural areas of Bangladesh, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in the year 2009
approved a policy on Community Paramedic Course to develop cadre of skilled community health workers. Under
this regulation, PSTC has initiated the 2-years long course ‘Community Paramedic Training Institute (CPTI)’ in 2012
with the permission and affiliation of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of the Ministry of Health and Family
Welfare of Bangladesh. The aim of PSTC’s CPTI is to develop ‘skilled paramedics’ so that they can serve people
who are poor and socially disadvantaged in the rural area of Bangladesh that will contribute towards PSTC’s
‘improve quality of life of disadvantaged people of Bangladesh’ vision.
Objective: To assist the Government of Bangladesh in developing skilled community health workers for the
implementation of government’s health program particularly ensuring Primary Health Care Services.
The Institute of PSTC
PSTC has a well-equipped classroom along with library, practical training and residential facilities at Aftabnagar,
Rampura, Dhaka to conduct the CPTI course. A group of expert health professionals are assigned as facultymembers.
Students who have completed Secondary School Certificate (SSC) or equivalent are eligible to apply for this course.
The 2-year CPTI course consists 4 semesters and the session starts from July every year. The total course fee is Taka
84,000/student divided into 4 semesters as Tk. 26000, Tk. 16000, Tk. 16000 and Tk. 26000 respectively.
There 12 modules under the Community Paramedic Course are as below:
1. Anatomy, Physiology, Pharmacology and Microbiology;
2. Behavior Change Communication and Gender;
3. Reproductive Health 1- Safe Motherhood, ANC, Delivery Care, PNC, EOC, Maternal Nutrition and Neonatal Care;
4. Reproductive Health 2- Family Planning, Management and treatment of Unsafe Abortion, MR;
5. Reproductive Health 3- RTI/STI, HIV/AIDS, Adolescent Health care, Sterility, Gynecological Health Problem;
6. Child Health Care- ARI, EPI, Child Growth and Nutrition;
7. Control of Infectious Diseases, Emerging and emerging diseases;
8. Limited Curative Care;
9. Acquire Skill and Checklist;
11. Learning of Arabic language; and
12. Learning of English language.
Certificate: On successful completion of CPTI course, students are awarded with certificatefrom Bangladesh Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Till date, 105 students have graduated from the institute and are serving to ensure the Sustainable Development
Goal: healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages of the people of Bangladesh.
PSTC organizes sponsorship to support the students of CPTI every year. The IKEA Foundation is supporting the
students of 2017-2018 session. Students will get admitted by July 2018 for the 2018-2019 session.