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Healthcare at the doorsteps of Bhalswa and Murga Farms
June 15, 2013
Smile Foundation organized two health camps for the underprivileged community of Bhalswa re-settlement colony, Delhi, and Murga Farm, DLF Phase III, Gurgaon, in association with BlackRock Gives (philanthropic arm of Black Rock Inc.), to provide preventive, curative and promotive healthcare services to the slum dwellers, especially women and children.
The re-settlement colony of Bhalswa was set up in year 2000 with families from Jehangirpuri, Rohini and Nizamuddin. Majority of the population are rickshaw pullers, small hawkers, ragpickers, daily wage labours and domestic workers. Health is a major concern in the area due to poor sanitation and hygiene, with waste water from houses flowing on to streets and an open sewage. Moreover, the colony is in vicinity of a land fill site for municipal solid waste.
Murga Farm, on the other hand, comprises migrant population from Bangladesh. There are around 300 families with a population of 1000. Majority of people living here are illiterate and into unorganised labour. Men work as rag pickers and women are domestic maids.
Through these two camps, curative services were rendered to 477 patients, comprising 187 children, by a panel of gynaecologist, paediatrician and a general physician. Most of the cases pertained to respiratory and urinary infection, ENT problems, RTI, anaemia, stomach problems, injuries, allergy, and gastric issues.
Around 20 employees of BlackRock India rendered their services as volunteers towards the smooth functioning of the camp.