Praava Health starts its journey in Dhaka


The inauguration ceremony of Praava Health’s first family health center in Bangladesh took place at 10:30am on Thursday in Banani, Dhaka.

The inauguration ceremony was led by Ms. Sylvana Q. Sinha, Founder, Managing Director, & CEO of Praava and state minister for Information and Communication Technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak qwas the chief guest.

Ms. Sonia Bashir Kabir, the Managing Director of Microsoft Bangladesh; Dr. Jabil Rahman Sinha, Deputy Managing Director, The Acme Laboratories; Ms. Wendy Werner, Country Manager: Bangladesh, Bhutan, & Nepal, International Finance Corporation; and trending pioneer and former Twitter Chief Scientist Dr. Abdur Chowdhury were present in the inauguration ceremony as well.

“Proper healthcare is our basic human right. Every patient deserves to be treated with care and respect. My own experience compelled me to imagine family health centers where professionalism, expertise, and trust between physician and patient are not luxuries of the lucky few, but rights and realities for every citizen,” CEO Sinha said in the ceremony.

She added that Praava plans to use futuristic technology to enable a better patient experience and improve access and outcomes for Bangladeshis.

“Bangladesh is embracing a digital transformation thanks to Praava and other entrepreneurs who are introducing technology to the health sector. Bangladesh is also moving forward in inclusion, and I am happy to see Praava setting a good example,” state minister Palak said.

Palak mentioned that Praava’s initiative to connect doctors from the U.S. and abroad to Bangladesh is lauded.

The Banani Praava Family Health Center is the first in a network of such facilities which will offer consultations with family doctors and a full range of diagnostic services including lab and imaging. A Microsoft Bangladesh BizSpark partner, Praava is building a better patient experience enabled by technology. It is also reintroducing the concept of family medicine, particularly the family doctor, to Bangladesh.

The company is introducing Bangladesh’s first molecular cancer diagnostics (Polymerase Chain Reaction, or PCR) lab in breast, cervical, colorectal, and lung cancers, as well as the country’s first fully integrated Hospital Information System (HIS), including Electronic Health Records (EHR) and featuring a patient portal available on the internet and as a phone app.