The capital city of Gujarat – Ahmedabad has approximately 2500 slums, housing around 1.5 million people. Although the city has a good network of public and private healthcare facilities, challenges still remains in addressing the growing demands of health needs from a heterogeneous group of people. The most poorly served are those who live in slums. The growing influx of migrants into the slums of the city has added to the demands on the limited health facilities, leading to further worsening of the status of health in the city.

Majority of the population living in the urban slums are involved in construction work, vegetable vending, rag picking, factory jobs etc. With an average annual income that is too low, these families hesitate to save for or make health expenditures. Illiteracy, lack of health-seeking behaviour, unhygienic living conditions, etc. are some of the reasons of the increase in many preventable diseases in these areas.


Project Highlights

  • A total of approximately 16,000 beneficiaries are being reached per year through organizing Promotive, Preventive and Curative services through qualified health professionals.

  • Awareness on hygiene & sanitation, breast feeding, family planning methods, nutrition and balanced diet among children & women, counselling support to individuals and families are conducted on regular basis in the target areas.

  • With special focus on women and mothers, immunization - mother & child, antenatal and postnatal services, growth monitoring, distribution of iron, folic acid and calcium tablets, and supply of nutrition supplements are conducted.

  • OPD services for common diseases/illnesses including communicable diseases, ENT, dental, ophthalmic, etc. are conducted. In the Smile on Wheels, minor surgery/dressing of wounds, and basic pathological services (Blood, Urine, etc.) are carried out.

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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