Ahmedabad is perhaps one of the most prosperous cities in India; yet, it has a large percentage of urban poor due to migration of labour from across Gujarat and neighbouring states. Census 2011 figures state that out of its total population of more than 5.5 million, almost 800,000 people are settled in slum colonies. However, this does not include a significant number of low-income groups and migrants residing in chawls, which were built as residential units for mill workers but have degraded into slums over time due to absence of a source of livelihood. Together, the two constitute a slum population of 1.5 million, which is the second largest in the state.

The level of poverty, in terms of education and primary healthcare, is really low in Ahmedabad. Overcrowded and deprived of basic amenities like sanitation and drinking water, its slums are a breeding ground of diarrhoea, dysentery, asthma, malaria, dengue, typhoid, skin diseases and other health risks. Such poor living conditions in slums and chawls further push households into poverty as its people, working as daily wage earners and shopkeepers, are not equipped to fund treatment. Recent health studies reveal that deteriorating life in Ahmedabad slums has the most adverse effect on its women, the maternal mortality rate reaching as high as 64%.


Project Highlights

  • Aiming to reach around 1.5 lakh beneficiaries in a year through healthcare services

  • General health check-ups, lab tests and medicine distribution conducted for free through regular OPDs and special health camps.

  • Patients with serious threats to health referred to government hospitals to bridge the gap between the community and public healthcare system.

  • Various awareness sessions conducted on basic health and hygiene, with special focus on maternal and infant nutrition, ANC/PNC and immunization.

  • School health programmes, community meetings and IEC activities conducted to foster healthy living practices among families and children.

Impact

21,346 CHILDREN DIRECTLY PROVIDED EDUCATION THROUGH 120 CENTERS IN 21 STATES

50% OF TOTAL BENEFICIARIES ENROLLED WHERE GIRL CHILDREN, TO ENSURE A FAIR START FOR ALL

100% CHILDREN RECEIVED REGULAR NUTRITION & HEALTH CARE SUPPORT

100% TEACHER RECEIVED TRAINING IN INNOVATIVE TEACHING SKILLS


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