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Bhopal Project: Assessing the long-term Consequences of the Union Carbide Tragedy

Statut : Comblé
Organisation : Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute
Acronyme : SICI
Type : Établissement d'enseignement
Mandat : The Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute is a unique educational enterprise that promotes mutual awareness and understanding between India and Canada mainly through facilitating academic activities. The Institute funds research, links institutions in the two countries, and organizes seminars and conferences. These activities are carried out in partnership between the Institute's Canada Office and India Office.
Adresse : 1402 Education Tower
2500 University Drive N.W.
Calgary, Alberta,
T2N 1N4
FAX: (403) 289-0100
Veuillez visiter le site Internet de l'organisation offrant ce stage pour connaître ses exigences avant de lui envoyer votre curriculum vitae.
Personne ressource : John Abraham
Courriel : jjabraha@ucalgary.ca
Pays : Inde
Ville : Bhopal
Secteur : Santé
Description du stage : To this day, doctors in Bhopal do not have treatment protocols for symptom complexes specific to exposed people and symptomatic treatment remains the mainstay of medical care in the dominant health care system. There is ample evidence that suggests that the indiscriminate prescription of antibiotics, steroids and psychotropic drugs could well be compounding the exposure-induced injuries. While research on health consequences was neglected, certain areas were more neglected than others. For example, gynecological health impacts, documented by independent groups, have not been systematically followed. Likewise relatively less attention has been paid to neurological, immunological, endocrine and chromosomal damage, possibly because of mistaken notion that single exposure to a simple chemical like methyl isocyanate cannot cause damage to different organ systems.

We propose to collect post-tragedy prospective and retrospective epidemiological studies, cancer and birth defects registry, respiratory illness surveillance, collection of vital statistics (such as birth weight, infant mortality and adult mortality), qualitative studies and mixed qualitative-quantitative studies needed to develop evidence-based crucial social and medical interventions to alleviate the suffering of the gas victims in Bhopal. The information thus gathered during the course of gathering evidence by the medical team will assist in formulation on a long - term support and survival strategy for the victims. The information gathered will help in developing campaigns for greater environmental safety and demonstrate the need for clean-up of the Factory site.

There is ample evidence that suggests that the indiscriminate prescription of antibiotics, steroids and psychotropic drugs could well be compounding the exposure-induced injuries. While research on health consequences was neglected, certain areas were more neglected than others. For example, gynecological health impacts, documented by independent groups, have not been systematically followed. Likewise relatively less attention has been paid to neurological, immunological, endocrine and chromosomal damage, possibly because of mistaken notion that single exposure to a simple chemical like methyl isocyanate cannot cause damage to different organ systems.

In Canada
- Familiarize his/herself with the history of the Bhopal disaster and the results of the STC efforts and projects thus far
- Conduct online search of Internet and library resources relevant to the issue

Overseas
- Assist in the collection of data
- Assist in the analysis of data
- Organize internal documentation and monitoring, reports
- Prepare summaries of research on damage to different systems due to toxins released by the Union Carbide plant during the accident in Bhopal
Update reviews on health effects including damage / potential damage due to ground water contamination.
- Design a health education strategy for the survivors
- Participate in Campaign for clean water for the Bhopal gas victims.
Organisation d'accueil : Sambhavna Trust Clinic
Détails au sujet de l'organisation d'accueil : The Sambhavna Trust is a registered public charitable trust set up in June 1995. Its primary mission is attending to the welfare of the survivors of the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal through medical care, research, health education, and information dissemination. The seven trustees include medical researchers, scientists, and editor who have all had long-term involvement with medical and other aspects of the disaster. A five-member International Advisory Group consisting of doctors, researchers, writers and activists from India and other countries (UK, US, Canada) provides additional support to the Trust.

The trust opened the Sambhavna Trust Clinic in September 1996 adjacent to the communities most severely affected by the poisonous gases. The Clinic has helped more than 13,500 chronically ill survivors using modern and indigenous medicine with encouraging results and has trained 25 individuals as researchers and epidemiologists.

In addition to medical care, the clinic also does research on the long term effects of the disaster and treatment efficacies, monitors exposure related deaths, conducts surveys and health education exercises in affected communities, and runs a documentation centre that collects and distributes information about the disaster. All funds required to run the Sambhavna Trust Clinic are generated by individual donations from India, UK, USA and other countries. The Trust was fortunate enough to receive substantial support from noted writer and philanthropist, Dominique Lapierre, which greatly helped in the establishment and expansion of the Sambhavna Clinic.