PHOTOS: Bangladeshi floating hospital treats flood-ravaged community

In late July, volunteers from a Bangladeshi charity started getting calls seeking support from people from the country’s vast coastal region that had been flooded for months during this year’s monsoon. As the floodwaters started receding, the Bidyanondo Foundation quickly decided to hire a tourist boat to provide basic health care for those seeking aid. The country’s coast guards came forward with a route plan for the boat that was eventually turned into a floating hospital called “Jibon Kheya,” or lifeboat. Authorities reported thousands of cases of waterborne diseases including diarrhoea and skin diseases, but getting to a hospital is a problem in the flooded southwestern region.

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In this photo provided by Bidyanondo Foundation, floating hospital called ‘Jibon Kheya’,meaning lifeboat, arrives at Banishanta near Mongla seaport in southwestern region of Bangladesh, Sept. 1, 2020.. A Bangladeshi charity has set up a floating hospital turning a small tourist boat into a healthcare facility to provide services to thousands of people affected by this year's devastating floods that marooned millions. ( (AP)

In this photo provided by Bidyanondo Foundation, floating hospital called ‘Jibon Kheya’,meaning lifeboat, arrives at Banishanta near Mongla seaport in southwestern region of Bangladesh, Sept. 1, 2020.. A Bangladeshi charity has set up a floating hospital turning a small tourist boat into a healthcare facility to provide services to thousands of people affected by this year's devastating floods that marooned millions. ( (AP)

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In this photo provided by Bidyanondo Foundation, health workers sort medicines in their boat hospital at Banishanta near Mongla seaport in southwestern region of Bangladesh, on Sept. 1, 2020. (AP)

In this photo provided by Bidyanondo Foundation, health workers sort medicines in their boat hospital at Banishanta near Mongla seaport in southwestern region of Bangladesh, on Sept. 1, 2020. (AP)

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In this photo provided by Bidyanondo Foundation, a doctor writes a prescription for a patient after arriving at Banishanta village near Mongla seaport in southwestern region of Bangladesh, Sept. 1, 2020. (AP)

In this photo provided by Bidyanondo Foundation, a doctor writes a prescription for a patient after arriving at Banishanta village near Mongla seaport in southwestern region of Bangladesh, Sept. 1, 2020. (AP)

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In this photo provided by Bidyanondo Foundation, a health worker arrives in a village with supplies at Banishanta near Mongla seaport in southwestern region of Bangladesh, on Sept. 1, 2020. (AP)

In this photo provided by Bidyanondo Foundation, a health worker arrives in a village with supplies at Banishanta near Mongla seaport in southwestern region of Bangladesh, on Sept. 1, 2020. (AP)

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In this photo provided by Bidyanondo Foundation, a doctor examines a patient after arriving at Banishanta village near Mongla seaport in southwestern region of Bangladesh, on Sept. 1, 2020. (AP)

In this photo provided by Bidyanondo Foundation, a doctor examines a patient after arriving at Banishanta village near Mongla seaport in southwestern region of Bangladesh, on Sept. 1, 2020. (AP)

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In this photo provided by Bidyanondo Foundation, doctors and health workers arrive at a village in Chandpur district in eastern Bangladesh, on Sept. 12, 2020. (AP)

In this photo provided by Bidyanondo Foundation, doctors and health workers arrive at a village in Chandpur district in eastern Bangladesh, on Sept. 12, 2020. (AP)

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