20 years of the floating hospital

20 years of the floating hospital

In 1999, IMPACT’s vision for a floating hospital in Bangladesh became a reality—replicating our successful Lifeline Express Hospital Train in India but adapted to suit a country in which there are more than 700 rivers.

The Jibon Tari (Boat of Life) has been travelling the vast waterways of Bangladesh ever since, taking surgery to repair needlessly disabling conditions, medical treatment, health education and training for local health professionals to the heart of marginalised communities where few, if any, medical services exist.

Over 20 years, the Jibon Tari has touched the lives of more than 1.3 million people, across 22 districts of Bangladesh. 

As we celebrate this milestone, a generous donor has issued us with a challenge. If, together, we can raise £100,000, they will match every single £1 donation – in effect doubling your money. 

Please help us to secure the future of the hospital, in order that it can continue to serve the very poorest people for many years to come.

Your donation can change lives


See the Jibon Tari in action

Al Jazeera made an excellent film about the floating hospital as part of their world health series ‘The Cure’.