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Bangladesh is one of the world’s most densely populated and least developed countries. One third of the population of Bangladesh lives below the poverty line. Many people are landless and forced to live on and cultivate flood-prone areas. Severe flooding from the annual monsoon and cyclones pose serious threats to lives and livelihoods. Although surrounded by water, many of the waterways, especially fishing areas, are polluted by the use of commercial pesticides. A quarter of all deaths in Bangladesh are from preventable, water-related diseases. With more than 8,000 kilometres of rivers and the huge Ganges Delta, travelling to receive help is difficult, dangerous and time-consuming.
MAF’s amphibious aircraft makes use of the numerous waterways to reach the most isolated and remote regions. Most of our flights are for relief and development NGOs, government agencies and health workers, enabling them to reach remote communities efficiently. MAF partners with organisations like WaterAid as they build filtration systems and train locals to use them. We regularly fly international medical teams to work on Impact and Friendship’s three floating hospitals, which provide the only medical care for isolated communities living along the riverbanks.
Our operation also plays a fundamental role in disaster response, including flying vital aerial surveys within hours of when disaster has struck, such as cyclones. The surveys inform the disaster response activities of the government and numerous organisations.
Quote: ‘When foreign surgical teams come for nine or ten days, travelling from Dhaka they lose two days coming and returning. With MAF, we don’t have to lose any time. MAF brings them to the hospital within 50 minutes and that way they can see more patients.’ Dr. Ishtiaq Hossain, Friendship Hospital