The Boat Clinics of Assam provides primary health care service to the remote isolated island communities on the river Brahmaputra. The first Boat Clinic was started in Dibrugarh in May 2005 and was christened “AKHA” meaning Hope. Since 2008 under PPP with National Health Mission, Govt. of Assam, 15 Boat Clinics have been operating in 13 districts along the river providing health services focusing mainly on mother and child through Routine Immunization, Ante Natal Care, Post Natal Care, Family Planning services, General Health Checkups, Laboratory & Pharmacy Service and extensive awareness on Health & Hygiene.
The Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES) operates these boat clinics . Mr. Sanjoy Hazarika, the Managing Trustee of(C-NES) has more about these ships of hope.