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A BOAT OF HOPE

Sanjoy Hazarika

Over the past four years, I have been privileged to lead an innovative health programme to reach basic health care on a sustained basis to lakhs of poor, marginalised people living on the thousands of islands on the Brahmaputra. The simple, effective and ambitious programme, which aims at improving their lives and giving them a foundation for major, positive changes, was first started in Dibrugarh district in Upper Assam and now covers nine more districts of the state in partnership with the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). Not less than 2.5 million people live on these islands that dot the mighty river in Assam from its northern border with Arunachal Pradesh to Bangladesh in the south. The challenge is how ...

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