"As an example of a holistic, environmentally-sound, community-focused and patient-centred approach to healthcare, the Sambhavna Clinic is way ahead of anything I have ever visited or worked in, anywhere in the world."

Dr John Hurst, Senior Lecturer, Honorary Consultant, UCL Medical School / Royal Free Hampstead NHS, London

Raghu Rai

Raghu Rai

This famous, terrible and tender picture was taken by Magnum photographer Raghu Rai on the morning of December 3rd, 1984, after the night of horror in Bhopal when a huge cloud of poison gas 500 times more toxic than hydrogen cyanide spewed from a factory belonging to Union Carbide Corporation.

Thousands died in hideous ways. As the sun rose on streets full of corpses, Raghu found himself in a graveyard where a man was burying his young daughter. The father had covered the tiny body but then, unable to bear parting from her, brushed the earth away for one last look.

For the Bhopalis this picture has come to symbolise over 30 years of unimaginable suffering, an injustice never righted, crimes unpunished, and a community that most of the world has forgotten.

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Children of Bhopal

Children of Bhopal

Something very shameful is happening in Bhopal and hardly anyone knows about it. Children are being born dead and malformed in numbers not seen since the spate of horrific births that followed the gas catastrophe of 1984.

Mention Bhopal and most people think of the horrific events of 3rd December 1984, when the city was devastated by a huge leak of poison gas from a pesticide factory owned by US chemical giant Union Carbide.

Thousands died in agony, choking, blinded by gas that burned their eyes and seared their lungs. More than half a million were injured. Today in the city, upwards of 150,000 people are still chronically ill from the injuries suffered on that night. The death toll has reached more than 25,000.

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Sambhavna Celebrates its 22 Years

On the occasion of its 22nd birthday, September 1st 2018, the Sambhavna Trust held a press conference with speakers describing its work and many achievements having grown from a 12 person outfit, in a modest 1200 sq. ft building, into its current purpose-designed facility spread across two acres and employing a team of 59 staff. […]

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22 Years of the Sambhavna Trust Clinic

September 1st marks 22 years since the Sambhavna trust was founded and not only has the clinic received numerous awards for its ground-breaking treatments and research into the effects of the Bhopal Disaster, it has been described as an exemplar of its type: “…as an example of a holistic, environmentally sound, community focused and patient […]

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Bhopal Sticks to Their Skin.

Isabeau De Rouffignac spent time at the Sambhavna Clinic, in the early part of 2018, where she began a number of imaginative and exciting photographic projects. In this series, entitled ‘Bhopal Sticks to Their Skin’ Isabeau clothed women disaster survivors in sarees printed with newspaper clippings and imagery of the disaster. In Isabeau’s own words: […]

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