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Boat Clinic - Health Care for Marginalised Communities in Assam
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Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES), under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) has jointly designed a Boat Clinic programme to provide basic health care services to marginalised communities living in Assam riverine islands.

Starting with Dibrugarh district in 2005, there are now 15 boat clinic teams in 13 districts of Assam. The programme has reached 4.5 lakh persons so far. The organisation has 242 staff, including 30 doctors, 45 nurses, 30 allied health staff, 45 community workers, 60 boat crew, 15 district program officers, 5 family planning counselors and a full programme management unit. Each district has 15 members headed by the District Programme Officer (DPO) who is the key person in organising district plans and coordinates the team, district health departments, district administration, NRHM and the community. Each team comprises of two Doctors, three Nurses, one Laboratory Assistant, one Pharmacist, three Community workers and four Boat crew. The districts covered are Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Dhemaji, North Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Sonitpur, Morigaon, Kamrup,Nalbari, Bongaigaon, Barpeta, Goalpara and Dhubri.

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