Lapierre to open Sambhavna clinic for women
Hindustan Times Bhopal Live 25th January 2001

French writer Dominique Lapierre will inaugurate the 'Dominique Lapierre - City of Joy Sambhavna Gynaecological Clinic' for survivors of the Bhopal gas disaster on January 27 at 2pm at Sant Kanwar Ram Nagar on Berasia Road.

The clinic has been receiving help from the Dominique Lapierre - City of Joy Foundation since March 1999 for improving the healthcare of women survivors.

The Sambhavna Trust, started in June 1995, runs the clinic. It now houses state of the art equipment for screening, diagnosis and treatment of cervical cancers and would compliment the range of facilities that have been provided by the Trust.

Says Satinath Sarangi, the managing trustee, "The clinic run by the Trust has offered free medical care to over 9,500 survivors of the gas disaster."

Sathyu, who is an MTech and who dropped out midway during his PhD in metallurgical engineering said, "The clinic has also carried out health education and community organising activities covering a population of 10,000 gas victims."

The Trust was raised through an advertisement in a British daily, The Guardian raised 50,000 pounds. "The clinic has so far spent Rs. 50 lakh", says Sathyu, "on the gas victims and all the funds were raised through small donations."