Urban Slum Improvement Project
While the government has taken big strides in improving the lives of the urban poor, the private sector must also start contributing.
We strongly believe that once primary needs of bottom of the pyramid are taken care of they will be empowered to contribute significantly to the country’s economic progress.
3 years of on ground work with people in urban slums of Gurgram gave number of insights to volunteers to DoaR and one was very clear very soon that cleanliness is a big issue among the slums and major cause of diseases and diseases directly impact the attendance of students in our classes.
While cause is quite obvious, eradication is not. Governments are trying put many measures but they do not reach to these slums.
DoaR volunteers recently took a task of put an intervention program in one of the slums they teach. Main objectives of the program were
1. Create a self-sustainable model for community upliftment.
2. Empower people of community to solve their own problems.
3. Re-create the sense of togetherness and ownership among society
4. Spread awareness regarding healthcare and cleanliness
5. Distribute the health cards to slum members
Phase 1 was started on Aug 20, 2017 with first meeting to start the work on following
1. Discuss the benefits of establishing a slum committee
2. Spread the awareness among citizens
3. Determine the existing problems
4. Select the primary problems which require immediate attention. And find out ways to solve those issues.
Events in Phase-1
1)A gala community pre-Diwali bash was organised by residents with DoaR volunteers and it was a huge hit. Owners, GMC parshad and all came together to celebrate the event.
It shows that old style community building is still not dead, you just need to give a right purpose to them.
2)Choti Diwali festival to showcase the unity was organised by the slum members where they prepared the meal for their community and organised the festival to showcase their unity.
Phase-2 started on Oct 29, 2017 aiming the following
Formulation of slum committee
Maintain the cleanliness in the area by regular inspection
Install solar light in the slum
Affordable Medical Consultation
This project aims to provide medical consultation and diagnostics at concessional rate to underprivileged in the urban slum. This program works on 3 principals-
1) Awareness 2) Prevention 3)Consultation
Participating doctors are charging only nominal consultation fee from patients.
Dr. Ved Prakash ( General Physician) MBBS
Dr. Jyoti Goel (General Physician) MBBS
Dr. Siddesh Pandey ( Radiologist) MBBS, MD
Dr. Himanshu Agarwal (Pediatrician) MBBS, MD
Dr. Veenu Agarwal (OBS & Gynaecologist) MBBS, MD
Dr. Archana Bhayana (OBS & Gynaecologist) MBBS DGO
Dr. Ankit Vinayak (Ophthalmologist) MS, FICO, FRCOPHTH
Dr. Vikas Garg (Dental Surgeon) BDS, MIDA
Dr. Ritika ( Dentist) BDS
Dr. Puuja Arora Bhatnagar (Gynaecologist) MBBS, DGO
A tie- up with Prakash Diagnostics, Gurgaon ( Dr. Siddesh Pandey ( Radiologist) MBBS, MD) to provide radiology services at 50% discount.
A tie-up with Thyrocare to provide pathology testing at the lowest possible rates.
We organised regular health camps and invite senior doctors who are not available on regular basis for secondary opinion on critical cases.
This is also an opportunity for slum dwellers to get one day free of cost services where they can not afford to pay doctors consultation.