Three out of four people living in our slums go to private doctors and buy medicines from privately run medical stores. As a result poor people spend nearly 10% of their income on basic healthcare; this is a much larger proportion of income than a middle class citizen would spend.
Why does this happen?
Poor people are usually daily wage earners, a day lost at work means the loss of a day’s wages, and it could mean no food at home on that day. Because of this they tend to ignore minor symptoms or ailments, and they go to a doctor only when the pain or discomfort is unbearable. By this time they will go to the closest general physician after work, (which is expensive), or it might be too late to control and manage an illness. At the same time we find that very simple best practices in preventive health, which could prevent many illnesses, are not followed.
How many slums?
In Bangalore the government has recorded around 587 slums housing 2 million people. However, other estimates peg the number of slums at around 2,000 housing close to 4 million people. Similarly in Tumkur city the slum development board has recorded 24 slums housing 65,000 people but other estimates say that Tumkur has 65 slums housing more than 1 lakh people.
Data to drive programs and policy

To drive sustainable change robust primary data is required to understand health and disease patterns and social determinants of health, both of which will help to design evidence-based healthcare programs and inform policy. 

Our solutions to strengthen health systems include:

Medical Outreach Camps
Telemedicine Services
Follow Up Care
Capacity Building


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