Friendship

Friendship

Founded by Runa Khan, Friendship is a non-governmental organization that aims to help poor people in remote and unaddressed communities in Bangladesh. Khan's tireless efforts to bring free health care to residents of the country's river-based communities continue to galvanize the medical personnel who volunteer their expertise. Friendship's latest project, a land-based hospital, will extend its reach to one of the most underserved inland areas of Bangladesh, where boats or ships cannot gain access.

A Floating Hospital

Friendship

In 2014, we became involved in Runa Khan's efforts to aid those living in poor, remote areas of northern Bangladesh. A medical ship (actually a river barge) was Khan's novel solution to the problem of how to gain access to an area isolated by the nation's natural barriers — namely the shifting river islands of the north and the coastal deltas of the Bay of Bengal. By navigating the river system, the Lifebuoy Friendship Hospital has been able to provide essential primary healthcare services to people living on riverbanks and the river islands called "chars".

Fully equipped and staffed with volunteer medical and dental professionals, the floating hospital provides services ranging from x-rays to surgery and primary care visits. The ship docks at each of six different locations for six to ten weeks at a time, making basic, secondary and specialized care services available to residents and those who travel from far away to get the help they need.

Nurturing Dignity, Health and Hope

Today, the NGO operates three hospital ships, plus health camps and clinics. In just a short time, Friendship Bangladesh has grown to launch initiatives outside the healthcare sphere, including programs focusing on education, disaster management, infrastructure development, good governance, sustainable economic development and cultural preservation.

GRoW Support

2019

Operations - Friendship Hospital Shyamnagar

2018

General Operating Support

Operations - Friendship Hospital Shyamnagar

2017

Generating Operating Support 

Operations - Friendship Hospital Shyamnagar

2016

General Operating Support

2015

General Operating Support

2014

General Operating Support

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