Over the last two decades, Ludhiana has emerged as one of the most important industrial towns in not just Punjab, but the whole of North India. Such rapid and enormous growth of the city has resulted in migration of poor population from smaller areas of Punjab and other states like Bihar, UP, Haryana and Rajasthan in search of employment. Due to low income level and inadequate housing facilities, several slum clusters mushroomed in and around the city to accommodate the migrants. As per the provisional records in Census 2011, at least 15% of Ludhiana’s estimated population of 1.6 million live in slums; this does not include a significant number of the homeless and other people from non-notified slums who remain outside the purview of municipal records.

Absence of safe portable water, sanitation and toilets, waste collection and other civic amenities in slums have made living conditions onerous for its residents. Communicable and vector borne ailments like tuberculosis, diarrhoea, dysentery, worm infestation, malaria, typhoid, dengue, skin infection, scabies and RTI/UTI among women are common in the region. Already burdened with the worst physical environment, these slum dwellers working as daily wage labourers, rickshaw pullers, rag pickers and housemaids can hardly make ends meet let alone spend on healthcare.


Project Highlights

  • Targeting to provide healthcare services to nearly 40,000 slum dwellers in Ludhiana in a year.

  • Medical consultation and free medication provided during regular OPDs organized in 18 slums across the city.

  • Pathological lab tests conducted for blood group, sugar and diseases like tuberculosis, worm infestation, malaria, typhoid and dengue for proper diagnosis of the patients.

  • Filling the gap between the community and the public healthcare system, patients with serious threat to health were referred to government or charitable hospitals.

  • Many IEC activities were conducted to spread awareness about health risks, their cause and prevention, and importance of basic hygiene and healthcare.

  • Pregnant and lactating mothers were sensitised about childbirth, antenatal and postnatal care, mother and infant nutrition, breastfeeding and immunization.

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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