IMPACT’s Jibon Tari (’Ship of Life’) in Bangladesh is a fully equipped purpose-built floating hospital which travels to areas with high levels of poverty treating people for cataracts, club-foot, cleft lip and loss of hearing. Jbon Tari’s local and visiting health staff train local health workers at each location.
The boat travels along 3,000 kilometres of waterways serving the people living along the riverbanks. Stopping along the waterways, it stays moored in riverine communities providing healthcare for local populations for between six weeks and three months or until the need for its services is largely met.
Since its launch from the riverbank of Mawa in Munshiganj district in 1999, Jibon Tari has provided medical and surgical treatment to almost half a million people. (Erica – when I get some accurate up-to-date numbers, I will share those. It will likely not be until mid/late March).
IMPACT Bangladesh also runs hospitals in Chuadanga and Meherpur; a nursing institute, which trains young people from poor backgrounds: fieldworkers empower marginalised villages through Mother’s Clubs, home gardens, filters to rid drinking water of harmful arsenic and health clinics; and an Assistive Device Centre makes speciality mobility aids.
‘Over the last two decades, Bangladesh has made remarkable progress in improving the health status of the population.’ (Source: Country Cooperation Strategy 2014-17, World Health Organization, 2014.)
We are proud to work with our partners to continue to support this progress.
To read more about the Jibon Tari Ship of Life: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2278533715579757
To read more about IMPACT Bangladesh programmes: http://www.impactfoundationbd.org/projects.html