Bangladesh, visit to Friendship NGO

Last Decem­ber, I had the plea­sure, on my way back from India, to spend few days in Bangladesh on the field with the Friend­ship team.

It was a great oppor­tu­ni­ty to learn more about their projects and to vis­it the hos­pi­tal boat. I was impressed by Runa Khan’s (Founder and Pres­i­dent of Friend­ship) achieve­ments and by the med­ical care giv­en to iso­lat­ed pop­u­la­tions thanks to the hos­pi­tal boat .

I had the plea­sure to meet the famous Indi­an poet : Sudeep Sen.

Ahim­sa Fund is very hon­oured to start a new part­ner­ship with Friend­ship and more specif­i­cal­ly with Runa and her team, and looks for­ward to col­lab­o­rat­ing to this ini­tia­tive and devel­op­ing great projects togeth­er. See you Runa and Sudeep to the next Ahim­sa Forum in June 2017 !







To share with you the work of this great orga­ni­za­tion, please read the arti­cle below :

Get on Board Rongdhonu Friendship Hospital

friendship-1I invite you to dis­cov­er our “Get on Board !” cam­paign, designed to allow the for­mer Rain­bow War­rior II to pur­sue its sec­ond life as the Rongdhonu Friend­ship Hos­pi­tal. 

Six years ago, we all worked togeth­er to gath­er the seed mon­ey to enable Friend­ship to accept Green­peace International’s gen­er­ous gift of the Rain­bow War­rior II, and to con­vert it into a hos­pi­tal ship to serve the most deprived cit­i­zens of the coastal regions of the Bay of Ben­gal. Our work was not in vain : in ear­ly 2013, the Rongdhonu Friend­ship Hos­pi­tal began sail­ing on its now reg­u­lar routes along the south­ern coasts of Bangladesh.

Almost four years lat­er, more than 165,000 patients have been treat­ed on board the Rongdhonu Friend­ship Hos­pi­tal, thanks to a per­ma­nent med­ical and para­med­ical team and more than 70 med­ical camps held by spe­cialised doc­tors from all over the world. In the work­ing areas of this, its 3rd float­ing hos­pi­tal, Friend­ship also estab­lished a par­al­lel net­work of basic health­care, which cur­rent­ly pro­vides ser­vices to about 50,000 peo­ple every month, over­all 600,000 ser­vices ren­dered per year.

To allow the Rongdhonu Friend­ship Hos­pi­tal to con­tin­ue its good work, Friend­ship now needs to raise 650,000 EUR ! That cer­tain­ly seems a lot ! And yet, not so much either ! The hos­pi­tal has host­ed 54,852 patients over the past twelve years. That amounts to only 12 EUR per patient, all includ­ed ! As I said, it’s not so much…

For more infor­ma­tion, pho­tos and films on Rongdhonu Friend­ship Hos­pi­tal, see here