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Floating hospital to serve needy Bangladeshi to be built

posted on 21/12/2005: 831 views

A floating hospital to serve communities isolated by annual monsoon flooding of Bangladesh's Brahmaputra River is under construction. The Emirates Airline Foundation signed a contract with Friendship, a registered non-governmental organisation (NGO), for managing the Emirates Friendship Hospital.

Due for completion in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, by mid-2007, the ship will be used as a floating hospital in northern Bangladesh. The low-draught vessel has been specially designed to navigate the shallow waters of this specific area of over 200 kilometres, one of the most medically-neglected and inaccessible areas of Bangladesh.

The riverine population is estimated to be up to two million people, forty per cent of whom are below 15 years of age. The steel-hulled catamaran was commissioned by the foundation, the onboard charity initiative that funds projects around the world in aid of underprivileged children.

Emirates passengers support the foundation by donating spare cash or unwanted foreign currency using envelopes supplied on board, reports in UAE newspapers said. The floating hospital will be managed by Friendship which started operations in December 2001 around the riverine areas of Dhaka. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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