BOATS OF HOPE: ASSAM’S UNIQUE HEALTH LIFELINE

The merciless Brahmaputra river flows through the northeast Indian state of Assam and splices it into two halves. The mighty river floods, inundating the remote islands of the river, submerging and eroding large parts of the state year after year. For the three million people inhabiting the 2500 islands access to modern healthcare becomes a huge challenge. The construction of permanent healthcare facilities in these parts is almost impossible due to the recurring floods. Ferrying in hope are the unique boat clinics of Assam, which have become the primary access to healthcare for the people of the saporis or river islands. A total of 15 boat clinics serve the 13 districts of the state that is known globally for its tea and one-horned rhinoceros.

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  • Photos from the field:

    in wait for the essay competition to begin.jpg The Manging Trustee C-NES, Sanjoy Hazarika at the Dibrugarh C-NES office during an interaction with the PFI and Boat Clinc team members. Filming  at Bhankhawra char ,Morigaon The Mission Director, NRMH, Dr JB Ekka(centre) inaugurating a handbook on Family planning for Ashas, AWW, change agents and FP counsellors,  published by C-NES, funded by PFI   on the occasion. Standing to his left is Dr A Sarma  and to his right is  Dr C R Hira, Consultants,  NRHM.