SMMSSS – PHC & Pathology Laboratory
This problem has been targeted because, the deprivation of the fundamental ‘Rights’ and ‘Entitlements’ of these underserved segments and the denial of one’s ‘Rights’ to one’s basic human dignity and self-esteem, is not considered an issue at all and is not a priority in government programmes.
This initiative was established in 2000 for the underserved social segments in this geographic location and has been fully functional over the past 17 years covering the J.J. slum areas, Chilla village, Dalupura, Trilokpuri, Kalyanpuri, Mullah Colony, Shashi Garden and other areas with SMMSSS resources.
According to the 2011 census East Delhi has a population of 1,707,725, roughly equal to the nation of Gambia or the US state of Nebraska. This gives it a ranking of 284th in India (out of a total of 640). The district has a population density of 26,683 inhabitants per square kilometre (69,110/sq mi)
The density of population is the highest in Asia creating severe space restrictions. Government facilities like schools, parks, public toilets, PHCs/dispensaries do exist but on account of either
- extreme poverty,
- poor planning,
- poor quality of services/personnel,
- ignorance and
- the very high number of users, way beyond the capability of the specific utility;
the challenges remain as formidable and defiant as ever.
The population break-up of East Delhi reads:
Population in 2011 was 1707725 as compared to 1463583, the population in 2001 and the density of population increasing to 26683 in 2011 from 22868 in 2001 per square kilometer.
The National Capital Territory of Delhi is the centre for a multitude of high profile commercial, political and supposedly development related activity supposedly, contributing to the country’s GDP in a big way.
However, poorly concealed behind this glamour, money and power politics is a vast population of the under-served suffering, unheard and hungry, with poor access to healthcare or even the basic human needs like sanitation, drinking water, housing, health or education.
India’s urban population has increased from 285 million in 2001 to 377 million (31%) in 2011.The percentage of assisted births was particularly low among the poorest quartile of urban populations in Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Bihar and Rajasthan.
Also, the government considers this migrant population as unauthorised squatters and therefore considers this population illegal/illegitimate denying to them their very basic Human Rights. While rural populations have limited access to some basic health services, the slum population are not just denied these facilities but are not even considered as deserving of such infrastructure while being totally unable to access the private medical facilities.