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  • Title: Hazarika completes Rockefeller Fellowship : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: Hazarika completes Rockefeller Fellowship.. | May 30, 2011.. Sanjoy Hazarika, Managing Trustee, who was awarded the prestigious Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency Fellowship for April-May 2011, for writing a part of his latest book on the North-east and its neighbourhood with a focus on margins, borders, State impunity and its impact on women, especially in conflict situations, has completed the fellowship.. He made a presentation  ...   Universities and others.. Mr.. Hazarika is the first person from the North-east to have been awarded the Fellowship, which is located at the Rockefeller Centre in the northern Italian town of Bellagio, above Lake Cumo.. Like this:.. Like.. Loading.. Category.. :.. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to receive more just like it.. Subscribe via RSS Feed.. Comments are closed.. %d.. bloggers like this:..

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  • Title: Sanjoy Hazarika appointed member of National Steering Committee on Health : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: Sanjoy Hazarika appointed member of National Steering Committee on Health.. Sanjoy Hazarika, Managing Trustee, C-NES has been appointed a member of the National Steering Committee on Health, under the auspices of the Planning Commission, Government of India.. This follows the completion of six years of the successful Boat Clinics initiative in Assam that has won national and international recognition and which he has designed and led, for the island populations of trhe Brahmaputra in Assam.. The effort has reached over 5 lakh persons in 13 districts, with 15 boat clinics and a staff that has grown from five in 2005 to 240 today.. Dr.. Sayeda Hameed,  ...   for Health and Social Justice; Shiraz Prabhu, social activist; Shejo Bose, Janani; Lalitha George, Tribal health Initiative; Sangeetha Reddy; Devi Shetty; Srinath Reddy, president, Public Health Foundation of India; and K.. S.. Jacob, Christian Medical College.. Serving and former senior bureaucrats of the Centre, former and serving advisers to the Planning Commission, Principal Secretaries of States, representatives of the Indian Medical Association, the Confederation on Indian Industry, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India, have been put on the Committee.. Dileep Mavlankar of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, will advise the Committee on governance..

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  • Title: Lok Pal Bill draft and commentary: need to discuss : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: Lok Pal Bill draft and commentary: need to discuss.. | May 29, 2011.. The following is a note by Venkatesh Nayak of the Commonwealth Human.. Rights Initiative which works extensively on RTI.. It contains a.. detailed analysis of the Jan Lokpal Bill that is being debated  ...   informed.. debate on the subject.. This note has been shared with the civil.. society members of the joint drafting committee set up by the.. Government of India.. ,p.. The text of the Jan Lokpal Bill (version 2.. 2) is accessible at:.. http://www.. indiaagainstcorruption.. org/docs/Jan%20lokpal%20bill%202.. 2.. doc..

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  • Title: Baby boy delivered at Dibrugarh’s Sarikholia sapori : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: Baby boy delivered at Dibrugarh s Sarikholia sapori.. | May 5, 2011.. A baby boy was delivered on 26th April, 2011 at Sarikholia sapori, Dibrugarh district in upper Assam, under the supervision of Dr Bhaben Borah and Dr Kumud Agarwala, Medical Officers of the Dibrugarh Boat Clinic while the boat clinic was anchored at Mesaki sapori for a scheduled camp.. The new mother, Ramita Yadav was earlier brought to the boat clinic by her husband Ashok Yadav at 7 am under labour.. She was kept under observation of the doctors and the nurses in the make shift labour room inside the tent, given necessary drips and medicines and at  ...   ninth successful, safe delivery conducted on the boat clinics till date – Five in Dibrugarh, two in Dhemaji, one in Barpeta and one in Jorhat(February 2011).. The Boat Clinic health outreach programme reaches out to the state’s vulnerable population who live on islands on the Brahmaputra with a special focus on women and children, who are the most vulnerable in difficult conditions.. Providing ANC, PNC checkups along with advocating institutional deliveries has been priority with all the health teams especially crucial for a state like Assam which has India’s worst Maternal Mortality rate at 480 (NFHS 111), higher than Bihar or Uttar Pradesh, and a high Infant Mortality Rate..

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  • Title: Announcements : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: Category: Announcements.. Speed boat to C-NES.. | March 23, 2011 |.. A Switzerland based company, RIB (rigid inflatable boats) Expeditions and Adventures, has extended a helping hand towards emergency medical care in the char saporis of Assam.. The company has donated an inflatable speed boat that will operate in Tinsukia district and will support the Tinsukia Boat Clinic run by C-NES in partnership with NRHM.. The [ ].. SB Numali waits for high water.. | March 12, 2011 |.. SB Numali, the boat donated by Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) to the Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES) as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), is ready for service.. The boat crew is waiting for high water to come, to move it to Sonitpur, where the boat will provide health [ ].. Baby boy delivered at Jorhat Boat Clinic.. | February 14, 2011 |.. A baby boy was delivered on 13th February, 2011 at Ghuria sapori in upper Assam’s Jorhat district, under the supervision of Dr Aeron Momin and Dr Debadip Dey, Medical Officers of the Jorhat Boat Clinic.. The Boat Clinic health outreach programme reaches out to the state’s vulnerable population who live on islands on the Brahmaputra [ ].. C-NES calls for inclusive health care and collaboration at Kunming.. | January 19, 2011 |.. Calling for collaboration in inclusive health care for millions of vulnerable people in NE India, Bangladesh, Myanmar and SW China, Sanjoy Hazarika, Managing Trustee, C-NES, made a presentation at Kunming, capital of Yunnan Province, China, on the innovative Boat Clinics that the organization runs in partnership with the National Rural Health Mission in 13 districts [ ].. Patricia Mukhim, C-NES Trustee, appointed to NSAB.. | January 12, 2011 |.. Ms.. Patricia Mukhim, Trustee of C-NES and editor of The Shillong Times, has  ...   Brahmaputra River Expedition -2010 collaborates with the Centre for.. North East Studies Policy Research (C-NES).. Sensitization Programme in Lakhimpur on Family Planning.. C-NES’ Population Foundation of India project organized a sensitization meeting and orientation programme for ASHAs, CBO members, PRI members and other stake holders i.. e.. teachers, anganwadi workers on November 2, 2010 at Na- Ali village, Pub telahi Panchayat in Lakhimpur district.. A total of 38 people participated in the event which was run by Manik [ ].. By the Brahmaputra (Vol: 11).. | October 17, 2010 |.. C-NES Newsletter (For the quarter July Sep 2010) Editorial Mainland Discourse: The media ignores basic facts about the Northeast, J K in its insurgency chatter Across India, there is a bonding of searing pain, especially in its northern and eastern peripheries.. The hurt and tumult envelops families and communities in a shroud of despair, whether [ ].. MoEF scientist visits dolphin site after C-NES intervention with Jairam Ramesh: views dolphin safety, raps proposed distillery.. | October 13, 2010 |.. S.. C.. Katiyar, senior scientist from the Ministry of Environment and Forests, north east regional office, Shillong visited Kukurmara on 30 September 2010, to prepare a report on the proposed distillery unit- “N.. V.. Distilleries and Breweries Ltd” at Rampur village, near the Kulsi river at Kukurmara.. Katiyar’s visit follows a meeting between Sanjoy Hazarika, [ ].. Education and Inclusion on the saporis: UNICEF-C-NES Education Consultation with SSA.. | September 30, 2010 |.. The Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES) and UNICEF, Assam organized a consultation on “Upscaling the C-NES-UNICEF education initiatives in the saporis of Dibrugarh and Lakhimpur districts of Assam” on 24 September, 2010, at the Indian Institute of Bank Management (IIBM), Guwahati.. The consultation was held to share and discuss the experiences [ ].. Previous Page..

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  • Title: Through American Eyes: The C-NES Boat Clinics : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: Through American Eyes: The C-NES Boat Clinics.. | August 27, 2012 |.. Comments (1).. Intern’s Report:.. By: Arunava Sarma.. (May/June 2012).. Introduction.. For a public health and molecular biology student, the prospect of touring areas of rural India via boats on the crisscrossing channels of the Brahmaputra and providing healthcareto underserved populations is very attractive.. For such a student with ancestral Assamese roots, the opportunity is nigh impossible to ignore.. Thus, when my aunt Bhaswati Goswami (Communications Manager, C-NES) mentioned the possibility of doing such work in Assam through the Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES), the wheels quickly set in motion sending me off to “Ships of Hope.. ”.. Assam.. Assam lies in North-East India, barely connected to the rest of India by a thin strip of land squeezed between Bhutan and Bangladesh.. I have found that, in my home state of California in the US, Assam is an unknown state.. Many times when I say my that family is from Assam, I receive blank stares; on occasion, the additional mention of Assam tea, famous world-wide, causes a glint of recognition in the eyes of a few caffeine enthusiasts.. Assam has other claims to fame besides the beautiful tea gardens.. Its tropical climate makes it a canvas for lush forests and copious wildlife, preserved from the encroachment of cities in several natural parks.. The sheer.. variety of people that live in Assam is a collage of humanity as more than 20 major ethnic groups exist in Assam.. The state’s culture a similarly rich mixture of the many people that have touched its history.. Running through the state, also influencing many aspects of Assamese existence is the lifeblood of the state The Brahmaputra River, a living entity which grows and shrinks with the seasons not a lifeless river.. The population of Assam has increased dramatically in recent years and the already weak infrastructures of major cities have become weaker still-electricity still flickers on and off and water shortage has hit cities of Assam.. Like most of India, social disparities exist towering cement houses sit next to small houses with walls made of woven thatch, and giant malls spring up next to small ‘10X10’ family shops.. Beyond all these facts, Assam is also the homeland of both my parents, and thus, I consider it a second home albeit a home I have experienced very little of.. My experiences this summer has opened my eyes just a little to Assam.. C-NES and the Boat Clinics.. It is on the banks of the Brahmaputra that this summer’s unfolds.. The Brahmaputra River is a constantly changing entity.. In the monsoon season the river roars, fed by the heavy rains, its increased girth and depth swallowing up landmass.. In the drier seasons its rage calms and the water levels recede.. On these volatile landmasses in and around the river, populations of human play out their lives.. They live, ready to move out at any given moment in the rainy season, their homes can be on land one minute, and underwater the next.. Because of the migrant nature of their lives, the inhabitants of these small villages tend to be of lower income, with little access to what we call ‘.. modern technology.. ’.. They have no electricity and no running water and no access to healthcare.. Though lack of electricity and running water remain unsolved issues of infrastructure, the Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES) has set in place a program to provide basic medical care to the people in these communities.. The Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research, C-NES , is a non-governmental organization established in 2000 by Sanjoy Hazarika, a noted journalist and former New York Times correspondent, who is its Managing Trustee.. It was established to seek tostrategies to improve the conditions of living in the North Eastern states.. They have a number of projects in the fields of education, heath, environment, gender issues, etc.. but their flagship program is the Boat Clinic health outreach initiative.. The boat clinics bring health service to socially, geographically, economically secluded populations on the Brahmaputra.. chars/saporis.. , or river islands.. The program began as a concept which was awarded a World Bank grant.. The grant provided for the building of the program’s first boat, Akha.. Akha, which aptly means hope in Assamese, continues to serve the upper Assam tea district of Dibrugarh.. The project has since then blossomed and five more boats have been constructed, several more hired.. Many more districts have begun to serve communities of people on the Brahmaputra.. The project now runs via grants from the National Rural Health Mission, Govt.. of India and a total of 13 districts are served by 15 clinic units all year long.. The efforts of the boat clinics have reached over 800,000 of people to date.. The Focus:.. Immunization of children, care for pregnant women and general treatment of adult groups.. Ante-natal check-ups are especially emphasized given the high mortality rate in Assam.. Assam has the highest maternal mortality rate at 390 deaths per one one hundred thousand live deliveries.. My Internship.. During the duration of my internship with C-NES, I visited a number of day health camps in lower Assam in the districts of Nalbari, Kamrup, and Bongaigaon.. Though each district is run by a different group of people, the basic framework is the same.. My day trips began in the respective district offices.. The district offices range from warehouse rooms with a computer desk on one side, to quaint residence-cum-office buildings with staff members and government issued medicine stocks residing side by side.. These sleepy offices turn into a bustle of activity as members of the clinic staff arrive and begin sorting through the large stocks of medicine and supplies, packing the necessary articles into canvas bags and small crates.. These supplies are then loaded into a clinic truck.. Once all the precious supplies are loaded into the trucks, the staff slide their way into the seats and begin the journey.. The trips from the district offices to the riverbank start sites were not short it could take as much as an hour and a half and several muddy potholed roads to reach the site where the boat anchored overnight.. The length of the trips was augmented by the required detours to pick up additional members of staff and to government distribution centers.. These centers, though old and decrepit looking from the outside, contained precious vaccines which we collected from cold freezers.. The vaccines only remain viable for 48 hours after being removed from sub-zero temperatures and thus the utmost care is taken in packing the vaccines into cold boxes for transport.. With the precious vaccine cargo added to the already busy car, the staff was ready to head to the boats.. The take-off points for all the clinics I visited were out of the way, in the corner of a little village or under a bridge, with no paved road to point the way.. The boat clinics take good care of their teams, with a hearty breakfast and lunch.. Breakfast is a social affair, served on the boat with.. staff members gathered around various tables the ship’s hold.. The ride to the camps is long, as much as two hours upstream so no time is wasted the boat sets in motion even before breakfast is served.. The river, at the time of my visit, was not yet in full swell and only starting to rise above its winter levels.. Still, it had risen enough that the hike from the boat to the clinic site was drastically diminished; only at one camp did we have to walk more than a mile distance.. At the other sites, the water level had risen enough that the boat could anchor very close to the camp location.. The clinics are supposed to be held in the local school buildings but, more often than not, they are organized near the boat in tents or nearby the school at a residence.. This is because C-NES and the staff do not want to disrupt the learning environment of the schools.. Very quickly, light plastic tables, the same tables that are used for staff dining, are set up into several stations.. The first station that patients visit is the intake station where they are given a sheet of paper with name and ticket number.. Sometimes additional information is written down on these sheets such as weight and blood pressure.. This little sheet of paper is the intake form of the clinic and guarantees service at the rest of the stations.. The next station that patients visit is the doctor’s station it is here that the people get to state their health complaints and receive a diagnosis.. Sometimes they are simply prescribed a medicine:the doctor writes down a medication for their symptom on the form and sends the patient off to the pharmacist’s table for collection.. The pharmacy table sits stacked high with medicines with the pharmacist presiding over the copious supplies ensuring that each patient receives the right medication and the right dosage information.. At other times the doctors send the patients off to the lab technicians table to get some vital information prior to prescription.. The lab technician is able to analyze both blood and urine samples with mobile technology.. With these samples he can conduct tests for hemoglobin, pregnancy, malaria, HIV, blood type, urine content, and more.. Each district has a different set of tests they run, based on what stocks they have and the need they perceive; one of the districts I visited regularly conducted HIV tests.. Only two conducted.. malaria tests regularly and all the camps conducted blood hemoglobin tests.. After the tests, the client returns to the doctor for prescription.. Aside from this systematic care, the clinics also provide immunizations and ante-natal care.. Nurses are in charge of this department and they carefully catalog the people who come in for this care in a large roster book to ensure follow up is tracked.. The health camps go on for up to four hours and in that span as many as one hundred and fifty patients are seen.. No one is turned away.. Only after every individual at the camp, as well those who come late and come to the boat for last second care, is seen, does the team return back to home base.. The return trip is accompanied by a late and spicy lunch prepared by the boat cook.. The day ends at around 4 PM or 5 PM, with the return to shore.. The clinic staff disperse to their homes but they see each other soon enough.. Every month, they work together for 16 camps.. The Night Camp.. Along with the day camps, I also got a chance to be a part of an overnight boat camp done by the Jorhat district.. The.. chars.. in the Jorhat area are too far to reach and treat in one day so instead the health camp staff stays on the boat for six nights and goes down river from village to village, giving care along the way.. The set-up of the health camp portion of the overnight trips is similar to those of the day camps with the same stations and format of care.. They do have the luxury of starting as early or as late as is convenient for the villages; they can wait for school to finish before starting the camp because there is no rush to leave for the mainland.. Because of this, the Jorhat DPO also arranged an art contest for the school children.. The art contest was well received by the village children not only did they get a chance to be creative, but they also get a pack of crayons, a prized possession.. One of the village children refused to color in his drawing simply because he wanted his prized colors to remain pristine.. In one of the communities, the DPO found that the children were more interested in singing and dancing than drawing.. After several impromptu traditional song and dance routines, she proposed that next time they hold a show, an idea gleefully received by the children.. Clearly, the boat clinic team is not just interested in the personal health of members but also the community benefit.. In the evening, if a combination of factors such as electricity, weather, proximity to the village fall into place, the night clinics also hold awareness camps.. C-NES bought a number of projectors and NHRM/UNICEF provided a cute little cartoon video to show to via the projectors.. The themes of the video emphasized such topics as the importance of education for both girls and boys, the necessity of proper quantities of food, and the very basics of how to treat diarrhea.. I personally was very skeptical of the utility of the projectors simply because of the feasibility of showing the movie.. Most villages did not have electricity for the projector to run on.. The boats have generators but most villagers are unwilling to walk the distance to the boat in the dark of the night.. In any case, in the summer months, the constant possibility of rain makes outdoor showings impossible.. The clinic got lucky though, and was able to show the program in the school building, after making a call asking that the switch director leave the villages lights on for a little bit.. After seeing the excitement on the villagers faces at the thought of seeing the video, I had to reformulate my idea of the effectiveness of the projectors.. Even if the projectors can only be used ever so often, the attention and excitement of the villagers may have made it worthwhile.. Hopefully their excitement translates into and understanding  ...   to make a major difference in these areas and those are the hardest to instate.. There is a potential solution to the issue of anemia in rice eating areas of the world.. An international nonprofit organization called Path has made a pasta grain that resembles rice and contains micronutrients and iron.. It is mixed in small portions (1 grain of ultra to 100 grains of normal rice) and prepared as normal.. It was made with the intention of being given to low income, grain centered societies as a way of preventing malnutrition without intruding upon their normal lifestyles.. The most exciting part about Ultra Rice is that it is entirely affordable-it costs about 0.. 50 American cents or 25 rupees to provide a school age child with fortified grain for an entire school year.. Better yet, Path made these grains affordable by selling the recipe for production to several plants across the globe.. One of those plants is in West Bengal.. It would be great if Ultra rice could be distributed to rural areas.. It would provide less invasive and more long term treatment for anemia though there might be issues of people not mixing in the rice properly.. That is an issue very similar to people.. not taking their iron pills.. However, I feel that this would be a more accepted method of taking iron because it lacks the strong smell of the iron pills and is integrated into daily diet.. The problem with anemia for pregnant women comes during childbirth.. Blood loss and hemorrhage are common, and for people with low blood levels, even the smallest amount of loss can be fatal.. There is a drug called Oral Misoprostal that has been shown in recent studies to reduce incidence of postpartum hemorrhage by 50%.. “Oral misoprostol in preventing postpartum haemorrhage in resource-poor communities” by Derman outlines the study of the drug in a randomized control study.. The study was done in rural India, in an area with a high prevalence of anemia, and thus can be seen as a proxy to areas in rural Assam.. The pill is also relatively cheap, about 1 dollar or 50 rupees a dose, and is possibly life-saving.. If the pills could be handed out via the clinics, to either the expecting mothers with explicit instructions on how to take the medication or to midwives given with a little training on the use of the drug, there could be great potential for aid and prevention of postpartum death.. Personal Observations:.. It was interesting and a bit odd to view the clinics from an American perspective.. There were certain things that I saw that would never be allowed in an American clinic.. For one thing, privacy was not an issue that anyone was concerned with Coming from America, I was incredibly nervous and hesitant to pull out my camera.. In America, encroaching on someone’s privacy in a medical setting could very easily become legal trouble.. So ingrained is that mentality in my psyche that, at first, I did not want to take any pictures.. In India, though, no one really cared about privacy-medical examinations were done in the open, vaccines and injections.. were given in front of the crowds.. The only procedure done behind a screen at every clinic was an antenatal examination.. At one clinic, they did give injections behind the curtain though.. In some cases this privacy was good: getting an injection is a rather vulnerable experience, one that many do not care to share.. At the same time, I will admit there was some benefit in having injections in public.. It assuaged some people’s fears to see the procedure being done so easily and quickly on other people.. I also observed someone afraid to be get an injection but convinced by their neighbors.. The private setting for vaccinations did not allow this change of mind to occur.. Personally, as an American, I am more inclined to private treatment, to the idea of private care.. I also observed a variety of techniques for withdrawing blood from a pinprick for testing.. After making a pinprick, a small amount of blood was drawn to be used into a variety of tests.. The blood was usually withdrawn via a capillary tube or syringe.. Those lab technicians who used capillary tubes either used a bulb for drawing the blood, or, much to my surprise, used their mouths to pull up the blood into the capillary tube.. It seems dangerous to be bringing a blood filled tube to one’s lips and is not a practice done in the US.. I do know that the old medical colleges used to pipette by mouth but that practice has been abandoned.. Another worrisome factor was that the capillary tubes were not disposed of after each blood draw-the tubes were just placed into a container of solution, most likely water.. When dealing with blood, in the US, extreme care is taken, simply because of the risks of disease transference.. Though capillary blood draws are less dangerous than needles, I feel that some sort of procedure drawing blood without mouth should be instated, and a method to either cleaning or disposing of capillary tubes between uses should also be considered.. Disposal of Needles and Waste.. The C-NES health clinics are wonderful, but there are definitely some issues that I saw that should be dealt with.. I volunteer for a free clinic back in Berkeley and, when it comes to needles, the is the upmost care taken in their disposal.. At the Berkeley Free Clinic, the instant after a needle is used, it is disposed, immediately.. The disposal of the needles used for drawing blood or giving vaccines at the clinics was sporadic and varied greatly between camps.. Some clinics cut the tips off of needles and disposed of them into wastebaskets immediately after use.. Other camps though simply stacked them up, used needle tips exposed until there was a break in the crowd.. Only then did they cut the tips off the needles.. Needless to say, this was a disconcerting situation to me.. It would be incredibly easy for someone to pick up a needle and, out of curiosity, play with it, or accidently get stuck by a fallen needle.. Even after the needles were cut, they remained stacked upon a bench.. I actually saw a little child playing with a detipped needle.. Though not as dangerous as an uncut needle, it just shows how easy a single needle could slip into the hands of a patient.. I understand how hectic the clinics are espeicially after seeing the constant stream of patients and can perceive the difficulty in taking the time to snip off the needle tips in-between patients but the risk of someone getting stuck is far too large to take.. I think there should be a sort of “sharps container” instilled so that the needles can be disposed of immediately.. The sharps containers do not have to be fancy and Government issue.. A milk carton can be made into an impromptu sharps container and can very successfully keep the needles out the reach of curious characters.. Despite the lack of a standardized disposal system for the needles, I was glad to find that the clinic had a Post exposure prophylactic program in place just in case of staff exposure to needles.. Though the needle issue still needs to be addressed, it is good to know that considerations have been made for the unfortunate situation of someone getting pricked by a dirty needle.. The clinics try to be as undisruptive as possible to the schools but the health camps are disruptive in a lot of ways, some worse than others.. They are spectacles, people come out to simply see the health camp boats.. Thus disruption is innocuous enough.. However, I noticed that in some of the clinics, not all, left their waste at the site of the camp.. Needle wrappers and old medication boxes littered the ground after the clinic and were left there even after the camp packed up.. Leaving medical trash puts a burden onto the village.. It is not fair to leave the burden of cleaning up to the villagers.. Waste is not that hard to collect, and with the use of baskets, the trash could very easily be disposed of back in the main office.. Medical Logistics:.. There is another mentionable issue with the clinics.. It is the matter of medication logistics.. When the clinics need medicine they receive a stock from the government and an additional 5000 rupees to buy any extra medications they feel that they need.. The 5000 rupees is insubstantial because it provides for very little extra medicine but the stocks of government issued stocks are substantial.. They consist of nutrient supplements, analgesics, antidiuretics, cough suppressants, and more.. When the medications are passed out by the government, there is no consideration about what conditions are most prevalent, during which season, and in whatever area.. There is no record kept of how many drugs are given per trip nor is there a record of what is taken on each trip-medications are simply grabbed and tossed into canvas bags for transport.. This haphazard transport of medications is troublesome but not as much sheer wastage of medicine that occurs because medication is given in bulk regardless of what ailment is common at the time.. In each office there are stocks of medicine that have.. expired because theyhave no use at the time.. They sit alongside the unexpired medications which made me very nervous that somehow an expired drug would slip in with the quickly grabbed medications and find it’s way into someone’s hands.. During my trip with the clinics, I did not see expired medicine passed out, but I did see a box of expired medicine.. that had made its way onto the boat.. Luckily, it was noticed and separated.. The expired medications sit on the selves next to the other medicines because the government provides no easy way to dispose of them.. More useful than a disposal system would be a system where the clinics are able to say “We need this much of this drug for this season, and only a little of this drug.. ” The government could then give them what they need, much less drug wastage.. This would require the clinics to keep track of illness trendsand the amounts of medication they give out.. It would also require that the government have a system for drug requests that is efficient.. The process of instating such standards might be difficult but, in the end, I think it would decrease drug wastage as well as provide solid statistics on the boat clinics to better track disease and progression of care.. Conclusion and Thanks.. This year’s trip to Assam was entirely unique and extraordinary.. I know I will associate an innumerable amount of emotions with this trip for many years to come-affection towards the staff who were so kind as to take me in and show me their day to day work, amusement at the eagerness of the sapori children in getting their photos taken by this strange American girl.. Not all the feelings though are positive-the situation of some of the villagers is saddening in that many of their conditions are entirely preventable by way of education and regular care.. Still others have simply had harsh lives thrust upon them and have no way to get out.. In addition, I know this trip has helped me reinforce my determination to enter the medical field.. I owe a great number of people thanks for this opportunity.. Many thanks go to Sanjoy Hazarika and all the members of his NGO C-NES for providing such a service to the rural populations of Assam and allowing me to take the tiniest peek into their work.. I must also thank my family who took care of me and took the time to shuttle me around to the camps regardless of every pothole they hit.. And of course, thanks to the people of the villages I visited.. I thank them for allowing me to watch their experiences, speak to them about their lives, and even joke (or rather have them joke with me) about my future marriage possibilities.. I look forward to returning in a few years, to be absolutely astounded at the changes that the boat clinics have made on rural India.. (Photographs of camps with captions were sent earlier as an album and has since been uploaded in the C-NES website- www.. c-nes.. org).. Trackback URL.. Comments RSS Feed.. Bhaskarjyoti Mahanta.. says:.. September 25, 2012 at 9:20 am.. It was a nice experience to me.. systems and ordial management of system vary verily out there in your state and here in India, much not to speak of the inacessable chars and saporis of assam.. I beaing a Pharmacist very redily underscore the loopholes in my job that yo have so artistically pointed out and need not to say that it needs to be corrected.. In my personal opinion every injection should be behind the screen but out here we not only give the same but also kill the fear and awe that lodge in their thinkng.. Anything done behind the screen creats more suspicion amongst illeterate and orthodox,socalled,religios people.. At this point when those uneducated are stil to adapt to our science,privacy more than in aspect that a really want can create more misconception than we are there to vanish the existings.. Reply.. Leave a Reply.. Click here to cancel reply.. Name.. ( required ).. Email.. ( required; will not be published ).. Website.. If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a.. Gravatar.. Notify me of follow-up comments by email.. Notify me of new posts by email..

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  • Title: Boat Clinics reach out to more districts : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: Boat Clinics reach out to more districts.. | March 31, 2009 |.. The Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research(C-NES) -National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) partnership’s health initiative, has been extended to cover the districts of Jorhat, North Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, Nalbari and Barpeta.. The inaugural camps which witnessed a huge turn out even from the neighbouring villages in all the districts were held simultaneously on 16 March at Lakhimpur and Barpeta, at Nalbari on 18 March, Jorhat on 23 March and at Sonitpur on 24 March 2009.. The earlier districts where the Boat Clinics have been operating are Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Dhemaji, Morigaon and Dhubri.. “The new districts will join the others where we are running the boat clinics to bring sustained health care to lakhs of socially and geographically excluded island dwellers on the Brahmaputra, especially women and children for the first time in their lives, and to reach one third of the flood-vulnerable population of the state by 2010” said C-NES Managing Trustee Sanjoy Hazarika.. The inaugural camps had  ...   a teacher at the Moroliamukh LP school added” I have yet to come across this kind of turn out” referring to the large number of people who had come from long distances to attend the camp held in the school campus.. C-NES has been providing basic health care services, through specially designed boats equipped with laboratories on board as well as pharmacies, to these river islands through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) with NRHM, Government of Assam since 2008.. On board also are fully fledged medical teams (two doctors, three nurses as well as lab technicians and pharmacists) which conduct regular camps organized through a network of community health workers and organizers in the district.. It may be mentioned that as part of its golden jubilee celebrations this year, Oil India Limited (OIL) has donated Rs.. 10 lakhs to C-NES to support its boat clinic initiative in Assam.. For further details, contact:.. Bhaswati Goswami.. Communications Officer.. C-NES.. “Illashree”.. House # 9.. Byelane # 2.. Rajgarh Road , Guwahati 3.. Phones- 0361-2463962/2465330.. ,..

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  • Title: By the Brahmaputra(Vol:4) : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: By the Brahmaputra(Vol:4).. | January 23, 2009 |.. By the Brahmaputra (Vol 4).. (For the quarter October December 2008).. Editorial.. The Media as a spectacle.. The media has become a spectacle, supremely confident in its own rightness, justified by high noise levels, and asserting the wrongness of others.. In discussion after discussion, our television anchors take up the space with much hectoring; they bring in discussants who reflect their points of view (remember that a televised discussion or debate is all about how much your views are in sync with his or hers or how loudly you can shout or out-shout even the anchor).. Is this what Indians think or believe or even want to hear? I doubt it, not from what I know from extensive travels across this country and especially in the Northeast, where conflict zones are multiple.. The poll samplings that television channels conduct on such issues (such as Is the media responsible for changes in policy? ) are laughably limited, lacking any depth.. It is better that someone with integrity and knowledge, not to speak of articulation is requested to conduct an assessment of how specific news channels and their stars are viewed.. There is a wealth of competent studies here and abroad of how media coverage has reflected on specific issues and it would be useful to refer to them.. In all this point scoring and ratcheting up their so-called TRP ratings, in breathless and unethical ways, trying to outdo the other, there are a few basic things forgotten.. Amartya Sen reflected on this in a conversation with a small group in Deli recently when he said a very simple thing: I am astonished at the way people can go to sleep at night comfortably in a country which has the largest number of hungry children in the world.. Sanjoy Hazarika.. Managing Trustee.. Programme Highlights.. Visit of the Aiyar.. Prominent columnist and.. economist, Swaminathan Aiyar, visited the Upper Assam towns of Dibrugarh and Tinsukia on 27 28 December 2008 accompanied by his family.. The Aiyars have been intimately connected with C-NES five ships for the unique Boat Clinic” initiatives” (to provide basic health service to the marginalized community of the Brahmaputra islands) have been funded by generous donations from them.. The ships named Swaminathan, Shahnaz and Rustam have been serving Tinsukia, Dhemaji and Dhubri respectively.. Shekhar and Pallavi will be commissioned before the next monsoons in Lakhimpur and Jorhat districts.. The family (Swaminathan, Shahnaz, Shekhar, Fransesca, and Rustam) arrived at the tea town of Dibrugarh on 27 December and drove straight to Maijan ghat where the “Shahnaz,” named after Mrs.. Swaminathan was anchored.. The Deputy Commissioner of Dibrugarh, Ashutosh Agnihotri came for the inaugural function, which was held in a tent on the banks of the river.. The guests included some of C-NES’ strongest supporters over the years, who have been unstinting in their backing.. A health team in progrss at Erasuti Garamjan (A Tinsukia river island) on Dec 28 which the Aiyars attended.. Rustom Aiyar (with gamosa) looks on.. Sanjoy Hazarika, Managing Trustee of C-NES, welcomed the Aiyars and thanked them for donating funds for building the boats.. Swaminathan Aiyar responded by saying that the boat clinic programme was a very good example which serves the needy and the poor people.. On 28 December, the Aiyars, Hazarika and the C-NES team reached Guijan ghat of Tinsukia at 0900 hours to visit the SB Swaminathan.. The Aiyars performed a small pooja here on the space before the prow and the boat then sailed to an island, Erasuti Garamjan, for a health camp.. The Aiyars and the non-medical team visited the village and chatted with village residents on social and economic conditions.. After lunch aboard, the participants sailed for one hour to view river dolphins (C-NES is running another successful programme that works on mobilization of river bank villages for the conservation of this highly endangered fresh water mammal).. The next day (Dec29) the Aiyars left for different destinations in Assam and Delhi.. Orientation Meet.. An orientation meet was organized by C-NES on December 11, 2008 at Hotel Alankar, Guwahati for new members joining the Boat Clinic Project.. This programme is to be upscaled to include five more districts- Jorhat, Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, Nalbari and Barpeta from January 2009.. The Managing Trustee, C-NES, Sanjoy Hazarika welcomed the new members to the organization.. Sustained health care is a basic human right which we will be delivering, he said.. Dr J B Ekka, Mission Director, NRHM, present at the meet, appreciated the missionary zeal with which the boat clinic members have been working in these remote areas.. Climate Change Media Seminar.. Five journalists and friends at the seminar for media The Climate Change Challenge From left to right- Arul Louise, Sanjoy Hazarika, Sanghamitra Kalita, Dilip Chandan and Jayanta Bhattacharya.. A media seminar for journalists on Climate Change Challenge and its relevance for the North-east was organized by C-NES in association with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), and the Knight International Fellowships Program, on 21 and 22 November 2008 at the TERI Centre in Guwahati.. The Seminar was attended by over 30 people including 18 journalists, both from the television and print media and journalism students.. A Glossary of Climate Change jargons translated into Assamese was presented to the participants on the occasion.. Resource persons included Dulal Goswami, Parimal Bhattacharya and Barin Sarma of Guwahati University, Chandan Mahanta of IIT Guwahati, Sanjoy Hazarika, Columnist, Author and Managing Trustee of C-NES, Arul Louis, former News Editor of the Daily News, New York and Knight Fellow, Sanghamita Kalita, Deputy Global Economics Editor of the Wall Street Journal, New York and O P Pandey, CCF, Department of Forests.. Issues discussed included making scientific jargon easily understood by reporters for popular use, Science, facts and realities , Impact of climate change on the North-east and “Balancing development and the needs of climate change”.. Mr Hazarika said that the media had a key role to disseminate basic issues of climate change and make this knowledge and information available to the people.. This was especially important because the north east was a “Biodiversity hot spot”.. The livelihoods of millions of people were connected to the environment.. The Knight International Fellow, Mr.. Arul Louis spoke of the need to give environment issues a “human face”.. The” Climate Change” seminar for the media included a field trip to the TERI watershed area site at Khetri, Kamrup District.. Retreat at Umiam.. At the C-NES Retreat in Barapani, near Shillong 23-25 Oct,2008.. The team with the MT, Sanjoy Hazarika and Dr Sandi Syiem(standing extreme left), noted psychiatrist and member C-NES Advisory Coucil.. A two and a half day Retreat for C-NES staff was organized at the picturesque Orchid Resort, at Barapani, Meghalaya overlooking the Umiam Lake from 23- 25 October 2008, 14 Kms.. from Shillong, capital of Meghalaya.. The lake is a product of a hydro-electric dam built on the Umiam River in the 1960s and  ...   prompt reply from a neighboring patient.. Curious about this unusual name, he asked the reason behind it and was touched when told, that being the first child in their village whose mother was under the health teams supervision for her prenatal check ups, the parents thought it apt to name him such.. Timely intervention.. After a hectic three hours health session at the Amarpur Char in Tinsukia district on 29 November, the team was about to return back, when a man approached the Boat Clinic with great sense of urgency.. He asked for some anti vomiting tablet.. for his wife, who, he said has been vomiting since morning and had become extremely feeble.. The team requested him to have here carried to the boat.. The patient soon arrived, weak and dehydrated and was accordingly treated for the next 2-3 hours (two I V drips and three injections given) in the boat till she recovered and was able to walk back home.. Training on Semi- auto Analyzer:.. A two day training on using semi -auto analyzers was conducted for the laboratory technicians of Dibrugarh, Dhemaji, Tinsukia and Dhubri on 18 November, 2008.. The training was provided by a service engineer from RFCL (Ranbaxy Fine Chemicals Limited).. IMNCI training:.. The Integrated Management of Newborn and Childhood Illnesses training for Health and Nutrition Workers from the islands of Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and Dhemaji district was held at the district training centre of Assam Medical College and Hospital.. There were.. 27 participants including ASHA’s, AWW’s, CW’s, ANM’s and GNM’s who took the eight day training program.. Facilitators from Assam Medical College and Hospital, NRHM and District Health Department provided the training.. IMNCI strategy encompasses a range of interventions to prevent and manage five major childhood illnesses i.. Acute Respiratory Infection, Diarrhea, Measles, Malaria and Malnutrition and the major causes of neonatal mortality – prematurity, infections and sepsis.. It explains nutrition including breastfeeding promotion, complementary feeding, micronutrients and focuses on the preventive, promotive and curative aspects.. The major components of this strategy are:.. Strengthening the skills of the health care workers.. Strengthening the health care infrastructure.. Involvement of the community.. On 15 Nov, the program was inaugurated by Dr.. P.. Hazarika, Joint Director of Health services, Dibrugarh in the presence of Dr.. Tulika Goswami Mahanta.. Assoc Professor, Dept of Community Medicines, AMCH and Nodal Officer, IMNCI and a few other doctors and facilitators.. The training lasted for eight days and on completion the participants were given certificates from AMCH.. Visit of CRM:.. The Common Review Mission (CRM) of NRHM visited the Dibrugarh Boat Clinic on 30 November.. The CRM is as part of the Mission Steering Group’s mandate of review and concurrent evaluation.. These are annual events and cover thirteen states and includes state briefings and field visits culminating in state reports filed before the Government of India.. The team comprised of Dr.. Tarun Seem, Director, MoHFW, Dr.. Anil Kumar, CMO, Directorate General of Health services, GoI, Jerry La Forgia of the World Bank, Padmashree (Ms) Neidomoro Angami, Member, MSG, NRHM and Dr.. Shyam Ashtckar, Addl Director, MoHFW, GoI accompanied by Dr.. J Das, NRHM Assam, the NRHM Dibrugarh team, Dr.. PC Hazarika, JDHS, Dr.. Tulika Goswami Mahanta, AMCH, and a few dist officials.. Children of the River at Twilight Film Festival.. The Twilight 2008 Film Festival in New Delhi show cased the film Children of the River: The Xihus of Assam a 29 minute documentary film on the highly endangered river dolphins of the Brahmaputra.. Organized by Sri Aurobindo Centre every year, with an aim to provide a wide platform to students and young professional filmmakers, the festival from December 11-13 was followed by an exhibition of films at Alliance francaise de delhi.. The film directed by Maulee Senapati is produced and scripted by Sanjoy Hazarika.. Appointments and Meetings of Managing Trustee, Sanjoy Hazarika:.. October, 2008.. 4-5 October First Symposium of Understanding Impunity: Failures and Possibilities of Rights to Truth, Justice and Reparation at Chandigarh, organized by South Asia Forum for Human Rights Limited in collaboration with Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR).. 6 October Participating in a panel discussion for Lok Sabha Television on Development of the north eastern region of India.. 14 October – Meeting with Steven Solnick, Representative, Ford Foundation.. 14 October- Attends launch of Global Hunger Index’08- at National Agriculture Science Centre (NASC), Pusa.. 15 October- Meeting with Prof.. Mushirul Hasan.. , VC.. of Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi.. 17 October Meeting of First Academic Council of Sikkim University.. 23-25 October C-NES Retreat at Barapani, Meghalaya.. 31 October- Meeting with Japanese correspondent, Naga Sawai at C-NES Office, New Delhi.. November, 2008.. 1 November- Task Force Meeting at Vigyan Bhawan Annexe, New Delhi.. 3 November- Lunch with Toshihiro Kudo,.. Director ,Southeast Asian Studies ,Institute of Developing Economies, JETRO at India International Centre ( IIC), New Delhi.. 3 November- Meeting with Dr.. Sayeda Hamid, Member, Planning Commission.. 3 November- Meeting with Mani Shankar Ayer, Minister DoNER.. 10 November -Presentation at CPR on C-NES’ work in the North-east.. 12 November- Meeting with AR Nanda, Executive Director- Population Foundation of India.. 13 November- Tea with Mr Bhagwati, Indian Ambassador to European Union at IIC.. 14 November- Attends Sanskriti Awards, 2008 at IIC.. 16 November- Dinner hosted by German Embassy with Minister for Environment,.. Natural Conservation and Nuclear safety, Sigmar Gabriel at the Imperial Hotel, New Delhi.. 20 November- Meeting officials of UNICEF at their Guwahati Office.. 22 November- Meeting with J B Ekka, Mission Director, NRHM.. 21, 22 November- Media seminar for journalists on Climate Change Challenge and its relevance for the North-east organized by C-NES, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research(C-NES) and the Knight International Fellowships Program at the TERI Centre in Guwahati.. 23 November- Meeting with health teams of the three districts- Dibrugarh , Tinsukia and Dhemaji at Dibrugarh.. December, 2008.. 4 December- Delivers lecture at Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), New Delhi for Assam Government Officers.. 4 December-Lunch at the residence of Irish Ambassador, Ken Thompson.. 10 December-Meeting with Dr D R Das, Representative, Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy, Guwahati.. 10 December- Meeting with Sudipto Chowdhury, Chief Operating Officer, Airtel,Guwahati.. 11 December- C-NES Orientation for DCO’s for the new districts at Guwahati.. 12 December- Talk in All India Public Relations Conference at Guwahati.. 12 December- Delivers lecture at the RBI lecture series, Guwahati.. 14-15 December- Dialogue on “Protection Strategies for the Victims in Situations of Mixed Migration” Kolkata.. 17-18 December- Equitising Development: Agendas for Poverty Eradication in South Asia, by Centre for Policy Dialogue, Dhaka at IIC, New Delhi.. 17 December- Meeting with Nobel Laureate, Muhammad Yunus of Bangladesh Grameen Bank at IIC.. 18 December- Meeting with Nobel Laureate,.. Amartya Sen.. 18 December Nine by Nine – Invitation at Taj Ambassador, Sujan Singh Park.. 27 29 December- Visit of Mr.. Swaminathan Aiyer to Assam to visit the Boat Clinics- Shahnaz and Swaminathan operating in Dhemaji and Tinsukia respectively.. Reviews.. Vision 2020..

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  • Title: Health campaign gets big push: three new vessels for three districts : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: Health campaign gets big push: three new vessels for three districts.. | September 24, 2008 |.. SB Swaminathan, Tunsukia.. The C-NES-NRHM partnership’s health campaign through our boat clinics in the Brahmaputra Valley got a surge of energy in the past weeks with three new boats being pressed into service in Tinsukia, Morigaon and Dhubri districts.. The SB Swaminathan and SB Rustam, which have been funded from donations by the prominent editor and economic specialist, Swaminathan S.. Aiyar, and his wife, Shahnaz, have been built at Dibrugarh and Dhubri respectively.. The first is for the district of Tinsukia, neighbouring Dibrugarh, while Rustam is serving Dhubri on Assam’s south western border with Bangladesh.. The Aiyars have funded five boat clinics which are assets of C-NES.. SB Rustam, Dhubri.. SB Rustam has been operating in Dhubri since August 1st 2008; Swaminathanis to make its first official trip on 24 September, 2008.. The Deputy Commissioner of Tinsukia, Joint Director Health and other health officials has been invited for its first trip.. The Morigaon Boat.. A hired boat for Morigaon district in Central Assam has also been completed, built to the specifications developed by Mr.. Sanjoy Hazarika and his Project Management team (Ashok Rao and Sanjay Sharma) was launched there on 22 September  ...   latest addition.. Akha, the pioneer boat of C-NES, has been in operation in Dibrugarh since May 2005, and is currently supported by the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and UNICEF.. It has also received backing from the District Administration and the district health department.. Earlier, it had been supported also by the Rashtriya Gramin Vikash Nidhi (RGVN), Jalan Industries Ltd.. , Oil India Ltd.. , Indian Oil Corporation (Assam Oil Division), District Rural Development Agency (DRDA).. Local and national media have been highlighting the C-NES endeavor.. Since the launch of Akha, C-NES has upscaled the boat clinic initiative to five districts (Dhubri, Morigaon, Dhemaji, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia) under a Public Private Partnership with NRHM, Assam.. SB Shahnaz has been providing health services in the saporis of Dhemaji district since 2006.. The goal is to conduct 20 health and immunization camps per month.. In one trip, 3-5 camps are held on the islands.. The clinics provide the following services – Routine Immunization of children 0-5 years and Ante Natal Care(ANC) to pregnant mothers, Vitamin A Supplementation, Pulse Polio Immunization, JE vaccination (Special Programme), General health Check ups of Patients, Family Planning activities, IEC BCC Activities etc.. In addition, routine pathological tests are conducted on the laboratory on board each boat..

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  • Title: Snippets from the Boat clinics : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: Snippets from the Boat clinics.. | September 11, 2008 |.. The Dhemaji Boat Clinic, “SB Shahnaz” has a more popular name now- the “Doctor’s Boat” given to it by none other than the children of the saporis (river islands).. They run along with the boat from the river bank, waving their hands in great anticipation as the boat passes by their area.. This is a good reflection of how much the health team has managed to penetrate into these remote areas and making their presence felt and appreciated by these people.. Three UNICEF officials visited the boat clinic- AKHA at Dibrugarh during July 2008.. They were Ms.. Karen Hulshof, Representative, UNICEF, India, Dr.. Rownak Khan, Program Officer, Immunization and Child Survival Unit, UNICEF, New York, and Ms.. Sumaira S, Choudhury, Project Officer, Monitoring and Evaluation, UNICEF, India.. A one day workshop on Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY) was held on 22nd July in Dibrugarh.. It was organized in collaboration with District Health Society, Dibrugarh.. There were 24 participants in the workshop including ASHA( Accredited Social  ...   days.. He inspected the new C-NES vessel “SB Rustam” which has been built in Dhubri for serving the saporis here and met the Medical Officers of the Boat clinic and discussed the health camps conducted along with some new strategies for the same.. The Deputy Commissioner, Dhubri also visited the SB Rustam.. Mr Hazarika met the villagers of Panch Peer char where the documentary film “Children of river, the xihus of Assam” was shown.. It may be mentioned here that the inhabitants of this village have been successfully converted into conservationists.. Earlier there was wide spread usage here of the blubber of the highly endangered river dolphins as fish bait but C-NES’s intervention and awareness campaigns amongst the locals have brought in a big change.. They were successfully motivated to use alternative bait based on fish gut oil.. A health camp was also organized here for the first time in July 2008, the suggestion for which was given by Mr Hazarika.. There was a good response to the camp.. Laboratory of Akha in operation..

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  • Title: Boat Clinics in flood-hit areas : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: Boat Clinics in flood-hit areas.. Guwahati Sept 3: As monsoon floods and marooned villages flash on our TV screens and the front pages of the media, the Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research, (C-NES) has been quietly providing health services to communities on the river islands of the Brahmaputra in Assam, reaching thousands who do not have access to health facilities and services through its unique Boat Clinic” initiatives.. As of 31 August 2008, 59,188 beneficiaries have been reached covering over 198 villages and river islands in the five districts and the work is continuing apace in Dibrugarh, Dhemaji, Tinsukia, Morigaon and Dhubri.. The target is to reach at least one lakh persons by the year-end and to further increase this number substantially in 2009 as a result of the PPP (Public Private Partnership) between C-NES and National Rural Health Mission.. The boats are specially designed floating clinics cum training centers.. Equipped with beds, saline bottle stands and other necessary medical gear, the vessels also provide facilities for  ...   technicians.. In these five districts, the C-NES clinics are reaching the poor and marginalized with sustained health care for the first time in their lives; UNICEF is also involved in Dibrugarh district where the organization began its innovative work in 2005.. In February 2008, the health programme was significantly up scaled after an MOU was signed with the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), Government of Assam, to increase the districts covered.. “The partnership with NRHM has given a dynamic impetus to our efforts which are particularly crucial in the current bout of floods” said Sanjoy Hazarika, C-NES Managing Trustee.. Hazarika pointed out that there are over 2,500 saporis/chars in Assam with a population of over 25 lakh which are badly hit by the floods.. NRHM is funding the programme in terms of medicines, equipment, running costs and salaries.. C-NES has designed and built the health ships, appointed the doctors and the organizers of the campaign.. For Further details:.. House #9, BylaneNo 2.. Rajgarh Road, guwahati-781003.. Email:bhaswatigoswami@yahoo.. co.. in.. Phone 0361-2463962..

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