INCREASED ACCESSIBILITY OF RESOURCES & OPPORTUNITIES

One of the major challenges in urban slums have been access to resources and opportunities for the urban poor. Although there are several schemes for the urban poor, yet it is not accessible to them due to lower awareness and dissemination of information on part of the services provider as well as the receiver. The programs developed and implemented by government are often not able to reach to the neediest. Program, opportunities and resources are relatively easier accessed by the relatively better off groups among slum dwellers.

Access to basic social services is very limited among urban slum dwellers resulting in limiting real time impact on the poor population. Families living in urban slum areas lack access to essentials such as water and sanitation, health services, quality education and income generation opportunities. Many of them suffer from poor hygienic practices, malnutrition and food insecurity. HBT has been striving hard to ensure increased availability of resources and services to the urban poor particularly the children, youth and women.

Activities

• Sensitizing frontline workers such as ASHA, Anganwadi workers and MahilaArogya Samiti members on various government health schemes and services available for urban poor households
• Orientation of the frontline workers on various schemes available for maternal health, urban mobile health, immunization, menstrual hygiene especially for adolescent girls
• Conducted regular stakeholder’s meetings in the slums with participation of urban local bodies and community members
• Community led mapping to identify the issues of built environment and submitting charter of demands to the municipal corporation for resolving the issue
• Awareness programs on reproductive rights of women and family planning benefit and services through street plays
• Linking to various social security schemes such as Widow Pension scheme, Old age pension scheme

Impact

• 30 women linked with Widow pension scheme and 50 individuals linked with Old age pension scheme
• 21 differently able individuals received disability certificate
• 400 individuals linked with Aadhar card
• 103 frontline workers oriented on different government health schemes and services available for urban poor
• Increased demand of services and household expenditure on healthcare services
• Improved and healthy habitat in urban neighbourhoods
• Increased community leadership and participation
• Local authorities uniquely placed to address the complex and ongoing needs of the slum dwellers