Rajasthan – the largest state in India in terms of land area is home to 68 million people. 17% of the total population of the state resides in Jaipur, the state capital. As per the latest census report, more than 7 lakh people in the city live below the poverty line. There are as many as 250 slums in the district with more than 60,000 households.

Majority of the slum clusters are located on the outskirts that include forestlands and flood prone areas. The residents have poor living conditions with inadequate availability of water and sanitation facilities, and overcrowding. The excess in the urban poor population has created a gap in delivery of healthcare services to the underserved children and families. Among the slum dwellers, communicable diseases such as tuberculosis and malaria get easily spread due to ignorance of health-seeking behaviour.

Despite the presence of a good network of public and private healthcare facilities, addressing the growing demand of the health needs of the underprivileged section of the city is a big challenge. Moreover, with majority of the slum population surviving on a very low annual income, spending on healthcare services becomes a big concern for the families.


Project Highlights

  • Well-equipped mobile hospital launched in 2010 provides promotive, preventive and curative healthcare services to residents of 22 urban slums of Jaipur.

  • The mobile hospital unit visits 6 main slums of the Jaipur district, namely Kalakar, Bhatta, Jagatpura, Jhalana, Bagrana and Idgah, twice every week. It covers 16 more slum areas by organizing a special health camp every Sunday.

  • Spreading awareness about healthcare issues through various IEC (Information, Education and Communication) campaigns in the slums.

  • Awareness programmes covered a wide range of topics, ranging from specific diseases to important issues like reproductive health in women. Rallies, counselling programmes and blood donation camps also organised.

  • Strong links with the government health officials and NRHM created, resulting in easy access to medicines, family planning products and IEC materials, further augmenting the project’s reach to beneficiaries.

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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