The rapid growth of infrastructure and booming technology sector in Bangalore has created vast wealth for many; however, around a quarter of its 8.4 million people still live below the poverty line. This underprivileged population, more than half of which are migrants from different parts of Karnataka and other states, inhabit at least 600 slums across the city and hundreds others that have not been accounted for. Distressed with poverty and low social status, these slum dwellers mostly resort to construction work and informal labour to make the ends meet.

Absence of basic civic amenities, such as drinking water, sanitation, garbage disposal, drainage system and toilets make living conditions grim for these people. Owing to underprovision and marked inequitable distribution of primary healthcare services, the slums in Bangalore have become a hotbed of preventable and vector borne diseases like tuberculosis, diabetes, malaria and dengue. Illiteracy and lack of health-seeking behaviour further add to the hazardous health practices rampant in urban slums to risk the lives of the impoverished population, particularly pregnant women and children who need more attention than others.


Project Highlights

  • General medical check-ups, lab tests and medicine distribution conducted during regular OPDs in more than 20 slums across Bangalore.

  • More than 2500 underprivileged families and children are reached directly every month, 60% of the total beneficiaries being women and young girls.

  • Lab tests for Blood Sugar, Widal, Malaria, UPT, HB, Cholesterol, Scrum Creatinine, TGL, Blood Urea, SGOT, SGPT, Uric Acid, Dengue and HbsAg to ensure proper diagnosis of patients.

  • Special awareness sessions conducted on ANC/PNC to cater to pregnant and lactating mothers and address pregnancy and newborn care related issues.

  • Special health camps, school health programmes and community meetings organised to spread awareness on proper nutrition, hygiene and basic healthcare.

  • Referral services provided to patients for vision check, cataract, FBS, PPBS, thyroid, chest X-ray and fracture.

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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