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16th Anniversary health care report:
THE ONGOING MEDICAL DISASTER


There are three main health care givers treating the survivors of the 1984 Union Carbide gas leak in Bhopal. What follows is a brief introduction to each - more can be found by reading the 16th anniversary report and also by clicking on MORE at the end of each section....

1. Government Provision

The Department of Bhopal Gas Tragedy Relief and Rehabilitation was set up in April 1985 in view of the longterm medical, social, econmic and environmental relief and rehabilitation needs of the survivors. The Department is a picture of severe mismanagement, unauthorised expenditure, corruption and inefficiency. On the 16th anniversary the Chief Minister of the state government announced that "the department has outlived its utility since the city's residents are no longer suffering the after-effects of the Bhopal gas disaster." !!!!!!!!!!! MORE
2. The Sambhavna Trust
(Bhopal Peoples' Health and Documentation Clinic)

The Sambhavna Trust runs a clinic close to the severely affected communities providing medical care, health education, and research and monitoring facilities to survivors free of charge. In just over four years Sambhavna has treated 10,000 people and is proud that not one penny for their treatment has come from Union Carbide, the Government or any other big business or corporate charity interests. The clinic exists solely on the kindness and compassion of many individuals from all over the world who have donated their time, expertise, equipment and money to help relieve the ongoing disaster in Bhopal. MORE


3. The Bhopal Memorial Hospital Trust

Set up by Union Carbide as a PR strategy to sweeten the disaster on paper while actually prolonging the effects with its harmful care and negligence. The Trust has been severely criticised by national and international groups including the International Medical Commission on Bhopal - they have drawn attention to its absence of a community health care perspective; undue attention and expenditure on facilities not related to gas exposure, use of child labour in construction of clinics and alarming use of harmful and unnecessary drugs. MORE