Urban slum dwellers in cities such as Bangalore often have to cook, sleep and live within the same overcrowded space, resulting in indoor air pollution and an elevated risk of respiratory disease. Our initial project – Project Exhale – focuses on the co-development of solutions to address indoor air pollution in urban slums in Bangalore together with local communities and partners.
TOOLKIT FOR HEALTH URBAN LIVES IN SLUMS INITIATIVE (THULSI)
The extent to which urban slum communities can access formal health services is very limited. While many organizations work tirelessly to provide care to these communities through health camps, mobile clinics, home visits and other initiatives, a wide range of barriers to access remain for many urban slum residents. Non-medically trained personnel, including health workers, play an important role within this context. Therefore, harnessing e-health and mobile health technologies to enable such persons to perform basic health screening tasks, and support them in identifying more serious cases that need referral to formal health services, can be invaluable. Project THULSI seeks to meet this need.
Students from Maastricht University and Zuyd University of Applied Sciences have contributed to the work of Health in Slums in a range of ways. Our students work on our core projects, as well as on projects implemented by our partners in order to contribute to the efforts of the Health in Slums network in Bangalore.
A health camp was organized by our PhD students – Cristian, Preeti and Megha – together with Bangalore Baptist Hospital and Pragathi Charitable Trust at Sumanahali in November, 2016.