When medical assistance comes down the river

SIX hours north by bus from Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, is the rural town of Gaibandha, and from there, an hour by boat, is moored the ship the Emirates Friendship Hospital.

For the past 10 years, the organisation Friendship’s vision has been to bring health care, education and sustainability to a vast rural population of river dwellers, who are among the most remote and disadvantaged in a country of over 100 million people. This was my fourth visit to work with the organisation in