Over the past decade, Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh has been buzzing with commerce and simultaneously, seen a rise in the number of slums due to rapid urbanization and lack of effective urban planning. The latest census data reveals that the slum population of the Prayagraj has increased. These slum dwellers are mainly street vendors and construction labourers or are engaged in unorganised economic sectors.
This burgeoning urban poor population live in grim conditions without basic civic amenities like safe drinking water and sanitation, which adversely affects their immune system and increases their vulnerability to infectious and communicable diseases like tuberculosis, diarrhoea, pneumonia, malaria and dengue. Lack of public healthcare services and absence of health-seeking behaviour in these underserved communities further makes it challenging for them to lead a healthy life.
With the aim of catering to the healthcare needs of underprivileged families and children, PROGRESSIVE WELFARE FOUNDATION (PWF) has launched its Healthcare programme in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh with the support of Open Text. Under this initiative, Many slums have been identified as target. With a team of medical experts, this mobile van provides all-inclusive healthcare services right at the doorstep of people residing in the aforementioned areas.