Sambhavna’s Beliefs

  • The disaster in Bhopal is not an isolated event. Workers and communities are routinely poisoned all over the world.
  • Reduction and eventual elimination of hazardous chemicals from the planet and our daily lives is the only solution to the growing number of slow and silent Bhopals in our midst.
  • Until this happens, the safety of our health and lives depends on watchful monitoring, strict enforcement of regulations and exemplary punishment to offending agencies. In this respect, ensuring justice in Bhopal can be seen as a public health initiative with potential for significant and widespread change.
  • The limits of modern medicine in taking care of modern industrial diseases are becoming increasingly apparent. Evolution of an appropriate system of healthcare, monitoring and research for survivors of Bhopal is of consequence to all of us worldwide.
  • It is possible to combine traditional and western systems of healthcare when evolving appropriate care intended to provide sustained relief to chronically ill survivors of Bhopal.
  • It is possible for an individual to be an active participant in the process of healing and the community to be involved in all aspects of public health.
  • It is possible to evolve systems of health surveillance and environmental monitoring through active participation of the community of survivors. Our work in documenting longterm consequences of exposure is part of the survivors’ ongoing struggle of memory against forgetting.
  • It is possible to depend upon the compassion of ordinary individuals and to generate enough funds to run our clinic without corporate charities, large grants from foundations or government assistance.
  • It is possible to generate opportunities for hope through creative and collective intervention in a situation of despair.

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We believe Dow & DuPont must finally accept responsibility for Bhopal. Until then, The Bhopal Medical Appeal funds two award-winning clinics in the city. Both offer free, first-class care to victims of the gas disaster or the ongoing water contamination. The survivors have nowhere else left to turn – please help if you can.