Dr. Iftikher Mahmood
Dr. Iftikher Mahmood is a pediatrician by profession. This specialist physician from Miami, Florida founded HOPE Foundation, an organization that provides critical healthcare services to those in need, in Bangladesh. The organization was established as a non-profit in the United States in 1999 and is registered in both the United States and in Bangladesh.
The Founder of HOPE Foundation, Dr. Iftikher Mahmood, comes from the district of Cox’s Bazar. After completing higher secondary education from Chittagong College, he got admitted to Chittagong Medical College. He completed his MBBS in 1987. Subsequently, he completed his internship at Chittagong Medical College Hospital followed by a short tenure at a local children’s hospital. Dr. Mahmood then immigrated to America for higher education. He received postgraduate training in pediatrics at Brooklyn Hospital, New York, and then obtained fellowship training in Pediatric Endocrinology at Cornell University Medical Center. Simultaneously, he earned a good reputation in the field of pediatrics. He had the opportunity to be a guest speaker at various seminars and symposiums on pediatrics. He has spoken on health issues at various important institutions including the United Nations, Harvard Medical School, Tufts Medical School, and Nova Southeastern University among other educational forums.
Anjumanara Mahmood is his better half. They have parented 3 wonderful boys- Irfan Mahmood, Arman Mahmood and Yousuf Mahmood. This luminary doctor’s life is intertwined with charity. His own HOPE Foundation, which started as a small clinic in the rural area of Cox’s Bazar, later transformed with the establishment of HOPE Hospital in 2005. Since then, Dr. Iftikher Mahmood has founded multiple birth centers and rural health centers to serve underprivileged women and children. At present, there are 23 health facilities run by HOPE Foundation. In 2010, he started the Obstetric Fistula program at HOPE Foundation, which is now one of the leading fistula programs in Bangladesh. He was the pioneer to initiate midwifery training in 2012 in Cox’s Bazar, which was one of the first midwifery programs in the country. Since 2010, Dr. Mahmood’s team has been providing free cleft surgeries in the southern districts of Chattagram division; as a result, the area is today almost entirely free of cleft lips and palates.Hope Foundation has also initiated the Hope Rural Mother’s club. These are clubs that have been formed to gather information related to maternal health. Hope foundation has so far successfully implemented 65 such Rural Mother’s Club in Bangladesh. Each club comprises of 30-50 women members. Mother’s Club has been running awareness programs since the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic.
In 2018 when challenged with the arrival of forcibly displaced Rohingya refugees fleeing violence and torture in Myanmar, Dr. Iftikher Mahmood took action and responded to their health needs through the establishment of several Sexual and Reproductive Health Centers and a Field Hospital for the treatment of women and children. The Field Hospital and several Centers are located inside the refugee camps.
Dr. Mahmood’s vision is not only grand but comprehensive. Other notable programs started by Dr. Mahmood are a cervical cancer prevention and treatment program, burn injury reconstructive surgery program, telemedicine services, mental health programs. Under his leadership, HOPE Foundation recently launched a program to eradicate fistula from the Chattagram Division with the joint support from the Government and UNFPA. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic Dr. Mahmood set-up two 50-bed Isolation units.
Dr. Mahmood’s incredible work with HOPE Foundation is providing life-saving health services to rural women and children in Bangladesh; in fact, HOPE Foundation has provided healthcare to more than one million women and children, to date. Moreover, 1,000 health workers and 80 midwives have been trained and employed for the provision of healthcare services for rural women and children.
The enlightened Dr. Iftikher Mahmud had started off almost empty handed with a tiny Hope Foundation clinic. Today the small Hope Foundation formed in 1999 has achieved worldwide recogintion. This has been possible due to his humanitarian approach only. He feels for his country, his fellow countrymen and humanity as a whole. Despite of living abroad, thousands of miles away from his homeland, he has established Hope Foundation at district levels in Bangladesh including Cox’s Bazar.
Dr. Iftikher Mahmood received many awards including Lifetime Achievement Award from Bangladesh Medical Association of North America. He lives in Cooper City, Florida with his wife and three sons.
Dr. Iftikher Mahmood believes that people are for people. His main objective is to expand the charitable activities of HOPE Foundation across Bangladesh. . Dr Mahmood dreams of a Bangladesh free of preventable maternal and neonatal death.