Community Service: Slums in Mumbai
According to the World Bank (WB), more than 50% of Mumbai's population lives in slums; many experts have projected that more than half of the Indian population will live in urban areas by 2020 and nearly one third of this urban population will be slum dwellers.
The basic problems inherent in slums are health hazards. A lack of basic amenities like safe drinking water, proper housing, drainage, and excreta disposal services, make slum populations vulnerable to infections.
The ongoing process of rapid urbanization has deleterious repercussions on health and nutrition, especially for children. Malnutrition in young children has long-term negative effects on physical and cognitive development.
It is extremely imperative to provide health and hygiene education to people in slums by making them aware of the importance of personal hygiene, clean drinking water, regular exercise, and consuming a healthy and balanced diet. In the fight against diseases, hygiene education is the best cost-effective health intervention.
In order to aid in this arena, we aim to accomplish the following goals:
• Provide health education and vocational training to women with an aim to help them to gain greater control over their health and well-being.
• Implement opportunities for holistic development for children under the age of 15 years.
• Address the issue of malnourishment by educating mothers on the importance of a balanced diet, and how to cook nutritious food with ingredients that are easily available.
We are currently working in Dharavi and have started work in Chembur. We intend to expand our work to the following areas:
• Mankhurd /Govandi