As per the latest census data, one in three people in Hyderabad is a slum dweller. It speaks of an astounding 264% increase in slum population in and around the metropolitan area. In total, there are 5.07 lakh slum households with 22.7 lakh dwellers.

The burgeoning urban poor population in Hyderabad struggle for basic services like housing, water and sanitation. The increase in the number of urban poor has increased the pressure in the civic authorities in responding to their health needs. Despite the presence of a vast public health network in the city, catering to patients in such big numbers is a daunting task.

With poor living conditions, no backup savings, food stocks, or social support system, the vulnerability of the slum dwellers to diseases and deaths increases multiple folds. The impacts of lack of basic amenities like sanitation, garbage disposal, and potable water on health on the one hand, and accessibility and quality issues of health facilities on the other, make the urban poor in Hyderabad susceptible to health shocks.


Project Highlights

  • Along with special health camps being regularly conducted, this Smile on Wheels project reaches out to a population of 57,000 people every year.

  • This Smile on Wheels covers locations in and around Hyderabad. Some of the major areas that the Smile on Wheels travels to are Moti Nagar, Gajula Ramaram Gabbilalpet, Musharam Bagh, Malakpet, Rasoolpura, Borrabanda and Erragadda.

  • The total number of slums reached out to across the eight locations is 24. Special focus is given to women and children.

  • In all the slums that the project covers, multi-disciplinary health camps are conducted. These camps offer gynaecological, ophthalmology as well as paediatric care services.

  • Going forward, this Smile on Wheels aims at developing in all the people living in these slum areas the importance of sound health and inculcate in them a health seeking behaviour.

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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