Around 4 million people in Bangalore live in 2000 plus slums scattered across the Greater Bangalore Area. For all our cities in India, official figures under report the number of slums and the number of people living in these slums. This leads to errors in estimating needs of bottom of pyramid markets, which leads to shortages in supply of health services and medicines, which in turn lead to poor health outcomes. We believe that the health of communities living in our slums must be understood in the context of the specific circumstances and challenges that they have to live with. At our medical camps we record social, economic and health data of communities to understand their living conditions and impact on health.

Type of Housing

A slum in Domlur, Bangalore

70% of slum dwellers live in unsecure ‘kaccha’ or makeshift houses

Access to Toilets

Community toilet in Thubbarahalli, Bangalore

17% of slums dwellers do not have access to a toilet. Access to clean toilets is likely to be much lower.

Access to Water

Supplying water to a slum in Bangalore

40% of households in slums rely on the tanker mafia for their water supply


Waste picker colony in Bangalore

More than half of the citizens in 40 slums are engaged in hard manual labour – Waste Pickers 28%, BBMP Pourakarmikas 18%, Other manual labourers – 10%

Disease Risk Profiles

Disease Risk profile depicted as a percentage of the adults and children who attended our medical camps. These consolidated profiles are based on measured vital parameters and clinical consultation at the camps.


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