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Mumbai: Responding to COVID-19 in slums of M-East ward

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In June 2020, MSF teams started their COVID-19 response in the slums of M-East ward, Mumbai. MSF is collaborating with the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) to reduce the mortality and morbidity due to COVID-19 by improving the capacity for management of mild to moderate cases in 100-bedded COVID-19 Health Centre of Shatabdi Hospital and by strengthening Infection Prevention and Control (IPC). 

The health promotion activities targeted about 400,000 people living in the informal settlements in M-East ward. In hotspots, MSF distributed masks and  soaps along with critical health education information. Additional hygiene, disinfection kits, and Personnel Protective Equipment (PPE) were distributed to hygiene workers at community toilets. Also, associated WASH training was provided to the hygiene workers. 

As the world grapples with the global pandemic of COVID-19, MSF is concerned for vulnerable groups worldwide. Maharashtra has reported the highest number of COVID-19 cases in India, with more than a quarter of the total. Two in three of these were in the city of Mumbai. 

In M-East ward (Govandi-Mankhurd suburbs), slum dwellers live with substandard infrastructure. Lack of clean water, sanitation including toilets and waste management, polluted air and extreme overcrowding put them at a very high risk to infections like COVID-19.

Work So Far

From the end of June to mid-August 2020, MSF teams, alongside health authorities in Mumbai, supported more than 400,000 residents of M-East ward. Teams are screening the suspected cases and collecting their swabs in fever clinic. MSF is collaborating with the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) to reduce the mortality and morbidity due to COVID-19 by improving the capacity for management of mild to moderate cases in 100 bedded COVID-19 Health Centre of Shatabdi Hospital and by strengthening Infection Prevention and Control (IPC). They also carried out health promotion and helped to strengthen infection prevention and control measures within hospitals and in the community.

 

MSF's COVID-19 response in M-East ward, Mumbai

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People tested for COVID-19 (25 June to 15 August)
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Masks distributed in M-East ward
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Soaps distributed in M-East ward
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