WSM’s two Bangladesh partners, NGWF and GK are currently studying possibilities to set up a universal health coverage system for garment workers and how this could be achieved with involvement of state, employers and the trade unions.

However, it is very hard to bring the 46 different federations of the garment sector behind a common goal. Such a health coverage system would be complementary to the fight for an increase of the minimum wage, as garment workers would see their medical costs diminish through such coverage. In this video, Dr. Kadir from GK and Amin from NGWF speak about that possibility.

GK and NGWF are currently working together to offer health services at reduced costs to garment workers, medical aid to the victims of Rana Plaza and providing training to garment workers in Occupational Health and Safety and first aid.