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It was 1994 when aristocrat Runa Khan and her soon-to-be husband Yves Marre sailed a decommissioned oil barge from the waters off France to her home country of Bangladesh. They had intended to propose to charitable organisations of a revolutionary plan they had: to turn the shipping vessel into a mobile medical station.

The ship would bring medical help to the unreachable islands, or chars, that make up much of Bangladesh. It was a brilliant plan, and would have solved the problem of reaching isolated char communities, most of whom had been neglected by the government and NGOs (non-governmental organisations) due to their remote locations. She speaks more of her efforts in this paper.


Medical aid, Bangladesh, NGO.


Asian Studies | Medicine and Health | Rural Sociology | Sociology

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Medical care; International agencies; Nonprofit organizations.