In early seventies, Prof. Dr. Tofayel Ahmed, a relentless activist for the cause of the children in Bangladesh spun a new concept “Child care is an integral part of the community development and participation”. The constitution of the Palli Shishu Foundation of Bangladesh and establishment of Dhaka Shishu Hospital more than three decades back, are the twin offspring of this concept. The Palli Shishu Foundation of Bangladesh (PSF), a national non-government organization established in March 13, 1976 by a group of 11 social workers with a common interest to provide training and logistics support services to the self started Rural Palli Shishu Clinic. PSF works for the human and socio-economic development of the distressed people particularly of the women and children of rural Bangladesh.

During last 31 years, awareness about child care has been created all over the country and Palli Shishu Foundation’s activities gathered momentum. PSF has long experience in rural setting induces to add to activities a few new elements, prominent of which are protect of legal rights of the needy, empowerment of women, Food security and Nutrition Program, Palli Shishu Smiling Sun Franchise Program And Micro Credit facility as measure towards poverty alleviation

Founder of PSF
Professor Dr. Tofael Ahamed
Founder President of
Palli Shishu Foundation of Bangladesh (PSF)


Personalities who achieve great things in their life-time are rare. Professor Dr. Tofayel Ahmed was one such person who visualized the needs of children in Bangladesh since the early 1970s. He dedicated himself for the cause of children and achieved spectacular successes for the betterment of child health in Bangladesh in a short period of time. From the scratches he established three very important institutions for the health service of children–Dhaka Shishu Hospital, The Bangladesh Institute of Child Health and The Palli Shishu Foundation of Bangladesh . These three institutes changed the entire scenario of development of child health facilities in the country and inspired many others to later to establish more such institutes, albeit of similar dimensions. However, the total effect of all these together including the government facilities for children have improved the child health situation in the country to a very great extent. No doubt children in Bangladesh are better off these days compared to what was in 1974 although much more remains to be done to bring this country to a level of middle order developed country in the world perspective.

Professor Dr. Tofayel Ahmed, an outstanding personality in the field of medical science, a charismatic leader with vision dedicated wholly for the cause of children of Bangladesh working relentlessly from the sunrise to much letter after sunset, a very distinguished organizer of the pioneering work of child health movement in Bangladesh , breathed his last on March 12, 1997
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