this week I am going on a surgical trip with a team from Smile Bangladesh for cleft lip and palate surgery.
Bangladesh is a country in South Asia bordered by India, Nepal and Burma. It is the 8th most populous country in the world with 160 million people, and also one of the most densely populated countries as well.
our destination is Khulna, a city located southwest of the main capital, Dhaka. to get there takes three plane rides and a bus: 1 - JFK to Istanbul, 2 - Istanbul to Dhaka, and then 3 - puddle jumper from Dhaka to Jessore (a city near Khulna), then a bus ride from Jessore to Khulna. It takes over 24 hours to get there.
Khulna is the third largest urban area in Bangladesh, and has 1.4 million people.
this is the puddle jumper from Dhaka to Jessore, and bustling Jessore Airport.
this is a quick video taken from the bus ride from Jessore to Khulna.
after arriving to Khulna, it was straight to the hospital to get started. i will try to post every day as throughout our trip.