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Urban Slum Health Action (USHA) Project

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Urban Slum Health Action (USHA) Project
Urban Slum Health Action (USHA) Project
Urban Slum Health Action (USHA) Project
Urban Slum Health Action (USHA) Project
Urban Slum Health Action (USHA) Project
Urban Slum Health Action (USHA) Project
Urban Slum Health Action (USHA) Project
Urban Slum Health Action (USHA) Project
Urban Slum Health Action (USHA) Project
Urban Slum Health Action (USHA) Project
Urban Slum Health Action (USHA) Project
Urban Slum Health Action (USHA) Project
Urban Slum Health Action (USHA) Project
Urban Slum Health Action (USHA) Project

                                                Peehu's phenomenon


In life, it just doesn’t get much happier than the arrival of a new baby girl. Same was the moment for Peehu’s parents when she came in to their life. But unfortunately the poor living condition of the slum in Surya Vihar coupled with challenging situation and surroundings of Aakash and Neha (Peehu’s parents), had an immediate impact on the health of Peehu.

Peehu’s poor health condition drew the attention of Sukarya's community health worker (CHO). In one of her scheduled home visits, the CHW found Peehu visibly malnourished and covered with dirt. On interacting with Peehu’s parents, the CHW found that the family was not able to give nutritious feeding to their daughter and were unaware of hygiene practices in daily life. After observing Peehu’s health condition, Sukarya’s CHW counseled her parents to visit Sukarya’s monthly health clinic for their daughter’s checkup.

When Peehu’s parents brought her to the health clinic, Peehu's weight was only 7.2 kg, which was a poor indicator of health, The doctor advised her mother that the under weight situation is not good for Peehu’s health and it is a clear symptom of malnourishment. The nutritionist counseled them about malnutrition as a critical issue in itself; lack of nutrition has repercussions in every sphere of child's development, as it stunts the physical as well as mental growth of child.

Initially, both Akash and Neha had an impression that the nutritious food would be very expensive but after attending the regular interventions of Sukarya they became aware of  many low cost  and easily available nutritious food items as Daliya, Seasonal fruits, pulses, mashed potatoes, milk etc. They started using them, adopted healthy living practices while focusing on Peehu’s hygiene.

And here is the good news!! On their latest visit Peehu had gained 1.2kg with her weight being at 8.6kg. Now she is out of danger zone and her weight is accurate in terms of BMI. Her parents are so happy and thankful to Sukarya’s efforts on awareness campaign on the importance of nutrition and health to sensitize children, their families and communities. 


              Urban Slum Health Action (USHA) Aug  20  to Nov.20, 2019


No.of Health clinic organised 14

No.of patients treated 713

No.of Pregnant women received ANC services 237

No.of Women recieved PNC services 75

No.of women treated in the age group of (15-49) 235

No.of anemic women identified & treated 213

No.of Children treated 0-6 yrs category 138

No.of Malnourished children identified & treated 52

No.of women received counselling services 462

No.of Health clinic organised with Govt. system and celebrated as MCH day 3

No.of Patient referred to Govt. Hospital or other facility points 26

No.of Home visits /follow ups done by CHWs 653 Ensuring Immunization by Govt.System

No.of Immunization camp organised by Govt. in Project locations 56

No.of Immunization camp attended by CHWs 49

Total Immunization Coverage - Figure across the project locations (632Child+553ANC) 1185

No.of Sanitation /Cleanliness drive organised with community 2

No.of Children/people participated 65

No.of Meetings held with Govt.Health ,ICDS and other related departments 10

No.of Meeting organised with Community stakeholders, PRIs, Ward members etc.14



Impact Story

Babita, Nalapar, Suya Vihar, Kapashera, Delhi

Ensuring Antenatal & Postnatal Checkups

Babita suffered from severe anemia and weakness due to poor nutrition, especially, during her first pregnancy. Due to financial struggles and lack of awareness, she had her delivery at home. Babita’s income as a house maid was not enough to afford private antenatal and postnatal care and her busy lifestyle makes it impossible to attend a government clinic. The community health worker educated & motivated her to attend Sukarya’s Urban Slum Health Action (USHA) clinic.This was how she ended up attending Sukarya’s USHA camp during her second pregnancy ensuring it to be trouble free .

At the  USHA  clinic she was given iron and calcium supplements and her hemoglobin level was measured  in a timely manner. The Doctor and counselor encouraged her to eat healthy foods such as vegetables, lentils, and fruit. The clinic also helped her stay on track with her vaccinations throughout her pregnancy. Additionally, the physician and USHA team encouraged her to deliver her baby in the hospital to avoid any complications. Babita had a healthy baby born at the hospital.  She came back with her second child for postnatal care and for her monthly prescription of supplements.

Currently both mother and child are the regular visi caretors of the clinic and they adhere to the counseling, prescriptions and guidances provided by the healthcare team about lactation and child health care.


USHA Activity Indicator June 2019 to 22nd August 2019

No.of Health clinic organised: 111.

No.of patients treated: 545.

No.of Pregnant women received ANC services: 1951.

No.of Women recieved PNC services: 411.

No.of women treated in the age group of (15-49  years): 187

No.of anemic women identified & treated 205

No.of Children treated 0-6 yrs category119

No.of Malnourished children identified & treated 40

No.of women received counselling services 315

No.of Health clinic organised with Govt .system and celebrated as MCH day11.

No.of Patient referred to Govt.Hospital or other facility points 49

No.of Home visits /follow ups done by CHWs 574

No.of Immunization camp organised by Govt .in Project locations 58

No.of Immunization camp attended by CHWs 53

Total Immunization Coverage - Figure across the project locations (761Child +505 ANC) = 1266

WASH - Water+Sanitation+ Hygiene session organised 6

No.of Children/people participated 222


                                            Bringing Basic Healthcare to Urban Slums

 Located along the uphill interior, 7 km from the Delhi’s Mahipalpur busy hub, Nalapar slum pocket remains thirsty to avail healthcare services. For pregnant women, it becomes more challenging to travel to such a long distance as there is no public transport connectivity. Keeping the dire need into account, Sukarya’s Urban Slum Health Action (USHA) team reaches this slum every month to provide maternal child healthcare services with objective to detect and treat anemic women and malnourished children. The team consists of female Gynecologist, Dietician, apart from paramedic personnel.

 “Sukarya’s health camp is the only hope for  all pregnant women like me, living over here. My anemic conditioning was detected at the camp and subsequently I got the treatment and advice”, says Maya. “My husband’s meagre earning does not allow us to hire a cab and access to go to a private hospital”, she added, whose baby was delivered at a government hospital. She further said, “health card provided by Sukarya helped us in availing the government heath facility as it contained detailed history of checkups, hemoglobin and sugar level”. Maya was assessed thoroughly and provided with Iron and Calcium tablets along with nutrition supplements. She took the advice to cook in iron vessel seriously, which added value to the treatment she has received. Very soon, the comprehensive intervention yielded positive results as she attained the normal range of HB.

 Since this slum pocket houses migrant population, the habitation witnesses significant number of women and children living with them, mostly migrated from UP, Bihar and West Bengal.

“I am fortunate to be associated with Sukarya to serve this marginalized community. They respect me a lot and call me Didi (Sister). This gives me immense satisfaction and pride”, shares Ramesh, who works as a Community Health Worker in Sukarya, for the past three years.


"Urban Slum Health Action (USHA) Project, Delhi & Gurugram"
Milestones achieved during 21 Feb 2019 - 27 May 2019

Health clinics organised: 20
Patients treated: 976
Women treated in the age group of 15-49 Years: 374
Children treated 0-6 yrs category: 216
Malnourished children identified & treated: 64
Anemic women identified & treated: 308
Women received counselling services: 626
Pregnant women received ANC services: 292
Women recieved PNC services: 63
Total Immunization Coverage: 789
Patients received Nutrition Food supplement: 297
Hygiene sessions organised: 4
Children/people participated: 147

Note: We thank all our volunteers and staff for making a difference where it is needed most.



Meena, a resident of Israel camp, a slum habitation in South West Delhi, constantly had fever and used to faint quite often. She was in a very sensitive state of her pregnancy. Lack of care had put her life in a vulnerable condition. She was not aware of the normal hemoglobin level a pregnant woman requires to have until she visited Sukarya’s health clinic. “It was about two months to come my delivery when I was detected for anemia. I did not know about it. Doctor told me that I had less hemoglobin and needed utmost care and treatment”, says Meena who had safely delivered a baby boy who she named Chirag (means light).

“When she came for checkups, she was quite weak. We advised her to take roasted Gram, green vegetables and use Iron vessel to cook. In addition, she took Iron and calcium tablets. She has improved drastically”, shares Dr Jethra, a Senior Gynecologist working with Sukarya.

Durga, my sister in law was facing same problem. I had taken her to Clinic organized by Sukarya where she was found to be anemic. She has been receiving treatment and visiting the Clinic regularly to see the improvement” adds Meena.

Most of the women living in the slums have same stories of Meena and Durga, they lack any knowledge about anemia and its severe impact on health. The Clinics not only attempt to provide comprehensive clinical services but advocate for the community to think, and change their perception and bring alertness against this serious issue.

"I have overcame anemia for which I am thankful to Sukarya. I have pledged to spread the message to all women I will come across”, says Meena who has become a change agent and an ambassador for Sukarya.


Urban Slum Health Action (USHA) Project, 
Delhi & Gurugram
20 Nov 2018 - 20 Feb 2019

1 No.of Health clinics organised 31
2 No.of patients treated 1584
3 No.of women treated in the age group of 15-49 1120
4 No.of Children treated 0-6 yrs category 365
5 No.of Malnourished children identified & treated 54
6 No.of anemic women identified & treated 305
7 No.of women received counselling services 1122
8 No.of Pregnant women received ANC services 434
9 No.of Women recieved PNC services 78
10 Total Immunization Coverage 1463
11 No.of Cooking classes/demo organised 12
12 No.of target women particiapted in sessions 301
13 No.of patients received Nutrition Food supplement 717
14 No.of Hygiene sessions organised 8
15 No.of Children/people participated 270


Nisha with her baby boy
Nisha with her baby boy

Story of Nisha

Nisha did not have any other option except coming to clinic oganized by Sukarya as there were no other healthcare services available aroud the Arjun Camp slum in Delhi where she lived. Sukarya’s specialized health camp helped her go trough comprehensive chekups and consultation with female Ggynaecologist at her slum locality. Her Hb test revealed that she was anemic.

Keeping in view of her health assessment, Nisha was advised to consciously take appropriate diets including Iron led foods such as fried Gram, daliya, green vegetables like Palak and use Iron vesel to cook food.   

Nisha received proper antenatal checkups (ANC) and comprehensive counselling services by Nutritionist on nutritonal intake and was provided with Iron tablets and Nutrition Food supplements. In the meanwhille, she was counselled for opting institutional delivery also. The community health worker of Sukarya ensured regular follow ups and regular monitoring of Nisha on  prescriptions  to overcome her anemic conditioning and  taking her to Government hospital for instititional birth delivery.

The efforts put in yielded positive result. Nisha delivered a baby boy at Safdarjang Hospital (Government) and again visited Sukarya’s clinic for Postnatal Care checkups (PNC) at Arjun Camp.  

While visiting at Sukarya Clinic post delivery Nisha says with smile on her face, “Due to Sukarya I have received proper medical care and now my child & myself are safe and healthy”.  

Celebrating National Nutrition Month
Celebrating National Nutrition Month
Importance of Hand Washing
Importance of Hand Washing
Lab test
Lab test
Health Checkup of child
Health Checkup of child
Checkups by doctors
Checkups by doctors



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Location: Gurgaon, Haryana - India
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Project Leader:
Shipra Shukla
Gurgaon, Haryana India
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