Salina Akhter

Ashoka Fellow
Bangladesh
Fellow Since 2015
Subarta Trust

Citation

This profile was prepared when Salina Akhter was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2015.
The New Idea
Salina is achieving equity in access to elderly housing and care in Bangladesh, by tying the needs of high income and low-income communities. Through an innovative cross-subsidy financial model, her network of care- centers ensures that provides safe, dignified and quality housing and care services for the elderly and disabled from different socio-economic backgrounds.

Salina is also building the eco-system to care and support the needs of the growing aging and disabled community. She has developed an elderly entrepreneurs unit to productively engage the elderly to develop products and services that can be sold in the market. Through her partnership with the Alabama State University, she is building a cadre of caregivers who have the skills and knowledge to cater to the unique needs of the vulnerable, in her centers and outside. She is also developing unique schemes and financing opportunities for investors and caregivers to plan and invest for their retirement. More recently, she has got companies to invest for the housing and care needs of their employees. These efforts not only help place the agenda of elderly care in different stakeholders, but also helped finance and increase access to care to vulnerable communities.

Through the economies of scale and Salina’s vision to establish at least one major elderly care center in every district of Bangladesh and develop smaller units of elderly care centers in more remote and rural areas. Simultaneously to influence the quality and standards of care in the country, she is also trying to influence the Government to create construction mandates for establishing elderly care facilities, specific building codes in all major housing developments, residential and commercial facilities.
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The Person

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