Rela Hospital Signs MoU with Charity-Owned Bangladesh Hospital to Set Up Liver Transplant Program


Chennai, India – 09, February, 2024: Rela Hospital, a globally recognised leader in liver transplant surgery, has entered into a strategic collaboration with Sheikh Fazilatunnessa Mujib Memorial KPJ (SFMMKPJ) Hospital to establish a comprehensive liver transplant program in Bangladesh. This partnership marks a significant milestone in advancing healthcare accessibility and expertise in the region.

An MoU in this regard was signed today in the presence of H.E. Mr. Shelley Salehin, Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh, Chennai, H.E. Mr. K. Saravana Kumar, Consul-General of Malaysia, Mr. Gagandeep Singh Bedi, Health Secretary, Government of Tamil Nadu, Prof. Mohamed Rela, Chairman and Managing Director of Rela Hospital, Mr. Mohd. Taufik Bin Ismail, CEO, SFMMKPJ Hospital and Prof. Mamun A-Mahtab, Divisional Head, Interventional Hepatology Division, BSMMU. As per the agreement, Rela Hospital, renowned for its expertise in liver transplantation, will provide extensive training and support to SFMMKPJ Hospital to facilitate the setup and operation of a state-of-the-art liver transplant program.

Mr. Shelley Salehin, in his address, said, “I am very happy about this unique partnership which is set to introduce advanced liver transplant services in Bangladesh. Such pioneering efforts exemplify the spirit of cooperation and progress, fostering hope and healing within communities across the region. I am sure that the shared expertise of both the institutions will expand access to this critical treatment modality and enhance the quality of care provided to patients suffering from liver-related ailments in Bangladesh and beyond.”

In his comments, Mr. Gagandeep Singh Bedi, said, “Liver transplantation is a complex surgical procedure that offers a life-saving solution for patients with end-stage liver disease. The collaboration between Rela Hospital and SFMMKPJ Hospital underscores the importance of international partnerships in advancing healthcare delivery and addressing critical healthcare needs. I am particularly happy that a Chennai-based institution is making great strides in improving healthcare outcomes and addressing the growing need for liver transplant services in many regions in the world.”

Mr. K. Saravana Kumar hailed the collaboration as a testament to healthcare diplomacy, underscoring the commitment to ensuring global access to top-tier medical care.
Expressing his enthusiasm for the collaboration, Prof. Mohamed Rela stated, “We are honoured to partner with SFMMKPJ Hospital to bring advanced liver transplant services to Bangladesh. Our team is committed to sharing our expertise and resources to support the establishment of a sustainable liver transplant program that will positively impact the lives of patients in Bangladesh.”

Mr. Mohd. Taufik Bin Ismail expressed his gratitude for the collaboration: “We are excited to embark on this journey with Rela Hospital to introduce liver transplant services at SFMMKPJ Hospital. This collaboration represents a significant step forward in our mission to expand access to advanced healthcare services and improve patient outcomes.”

Prof. Mamun, shared his enthusiasm, stating, “This collaboration marks a transformative milestone for liver transplantation in Bangladesh, enabling us to provide world-class care to patients in need.”

SFMMKPJ Hospital, part of the Sheikh Fazilatunnessa Mujib Memorial Trust, headed by Ms. Sheikh Hasina, Honourable Prime Minister of Bangladesh, is dedicated to delivering high-quality healthcare services to the people of Bangladesh. The hospital is managed by KPJ Healthcare Berhad, a renowned Malaysian private healthcare organization. By leveraging the expertise and experience of Rela Hospital, SFMMKPJ Hospital aims to become a regional centre of excellence for liver transplantation, providing hope and healing to patients in need.