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Lasting Medical Impacts of the 1984 Bhopal Disaster

Lasting Medical Impacts of the 1984 Bhopal Disaster
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Many of us remember the chemical disaster that occurred in Bhopal, India in December 1984. Twenty-five years after what many call the world's worst...
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    Many of us remember the chemical disaster that occurred in Bhopal, India in December 1984. Twenty-five years after what many call the world's worst industrial disaster, estimates suggest more than 100,000 people, including children of survivors of the initial disaster, still suffer illnesses that are linked to this ongoing tragedy.

    Sathyu Sarangi arrived in Bhopal the day after the disaster, expecting to serve for a short time as a volunteer in the short-term relief efforts. Instead, he has spent the last quarter-century advocating for the allocation of proper health care, clean water and other basic necessities for disaster-affected people in Bhopal. Today, Mr. Sarangi is the managing director of the Sambhavna Trust Clinic in Bhopal, a vibrant clinic that provides free medical care, community health education classes and other vital services to nearly 25,000 individuals.

    As Mr. Sarangi explains, with many of the local hospitals struggling under the weight of corruption, inefficient management and a disinclination to care for disaster survivors and their children, Sambhavna offers the people of Bhopal hope for a better, healthier future. He joins host Dr. Larry Kaskel to share the story of the people of Bhopal and their ongoing struggle, and explains what we, as medical professionals, can do to improve the health care situation in Bhopal.

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