LAMB as a whole costs about £1,200,000 a year to run. Some of this has been funded by international donors, but the level of major grants varies and provides no security for the longer term. LAMB charges for its services where possible and obtains income locally from training Government and NGO health workers, technical assistance and consultancy work. However LAMB’s commitment to serve the poor regardless of ability to pay means that it will never recover all its costs.
LHCF’s current target is to maintain a level of voluntary donations from the UK of £50,000 a year (excluding special donations received for capital projects). The Foundation relies on donations from individuals in the UK and some churches and grant-giving trusts. Its small running costs are all met by the Trustees themselves.
In the spring of 2006 LHCF was successful in securing funding from the Department for International Development’s Civil Society Challenge Fund. The funding covers the period April 2006 to June 2009 and provides for an expansion of the LAMB Project’s activities. Its aim is the further reduction of infant and maternal mortality and in particular it involves:-
developing LAMB’s model of integrated health care, so that there is a greater emphasis on enabling local people, especially women, to exercise their rights.
extending the coverage of LAMB’s services into three new local areas.
spreading the LAMB model of health care and development more generally in Bangladesh and potentially elsewhere through dialogue with the Bangladesh government and other NGOs.
LHCF is contributing to the project by assisting in the dissemination of the model and seeking to increase linkages between LAMB and relevant research institutions in the UK and elsewhere.
Grants for the past five years
Grants to LAMB totalled £127,000
- £99,000 for the Poor Fund
- £24,700 for disability work
- £1,000 for community health work
- £2,300 for other uses
Grants to LAMB totalled £110,000
- £93,500 for the Poor Fund
- £1,550 for disability work
- £5,500 for community health work
- £1,450 for other uses
- £8,000 from DfID for Ashirbad Project
Grants to LAMB totalled £119,000, and comprised:
- £93,500 for the Poor Fund;
- £5,000 for disability work;
- £12,500 for community health work;
- £3,000 for other uses;
- £5,000 from DfID for ASHIRBad Project.
Grants to LAMB totalled £140,000, and comprised:
- £88,000 for the Poor Fund;
- £50,000 for improving facilities;
- £2,000 for other uses.
Grants to LAMB came to £97,000, and comprised:
- £78,000 for the Poor Fund;
- £12,000 for working with people with disabilities;
- £7,000 for nurse training and scholarships.