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Help 30,000 Poor Fight Life-threatening Diseases Due To Pollution

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A community of 30,000 people who belong to the economically weaker section of the society is suffering from life-threatening diseases and a large number of them have succumbed to those diseases. This community has been forced to live in a toxic neighbourhood of Mumbai called Mahul that has led to the death of more than 300 people in a matter of one and half year and spread of serious pollution-related diseases like Asthma, Tuberculosis, Paralysis, Cancer, Heart Attack, severe skin diseases, weakening of eyesight, depression and so on in almost all the 5,500 families living there.
The average family income is between Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 20,000. With this meager income, it becomes a difficult choice for people to decide whether they should spend on medical expenses or on their daily/monthly expenses. If they decide to spend on medical expenses, then they are not able to take care of the expenses of education of children or other daily/monthly expenses or if they decide to take care of daily/ monthly expenses they are left to live an uncertain painful life.

There are several judgments by two top Indian Courts that have directed the Government of Maharashtra to mitigate the level of pollution in Mahul and also shift the population to a safer place. Unfortunately, the government has failed to implement any of these judgments which is resulting in more and more people suffering and risking their lives.

We think it is our duty to help reduce the sufferings and not wait until the government decides to take the issue seriously and act finally.

We are happy that finally after a lot of appeals and requests, a small team of public-spirited doctors has come forward to hold free medical camps every Sunday. Through friends and volunteers we have been able to mobilise medical equipment and logistics to hold a camp but what is still holding us from organising the camp is the lack of enough medicines. We have compiled a list of medicines that we will be needing at the camp. We will be very grateful to you if you could commit to some medicines or contribute towards buying medicines.  We have planned the first medical camp on the 17th of November, 2019, so the need is a bit urgent.Here are some coverage of the crisis in the media:


 

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27th November 2019
Dear Supporters,

Thank you all for your support and contribution.

On 17th of November, 2019, we successfully concluded the first free medical camp in Mahul with the help of doctors who came forward voluntarily to offer support. Given the high level of toxicity in Mahul and the lack of support from the government the residents have been left to their own resources to avail medical care and treatment even as almost all of the 5,500 families suffer from a variety of ailments. This even as the government is delaying implementation of the orders of the Bombay High Court to relocate the Mahul residents somewhere else holding the place to be uninhabitable. Until the orders are implemented and the Mahul residents are relocated elsewhere, there will be no end to their sufferings and risks of health complications. Meanwhile this free medical camp and camps that we are intending to hold in the future will address lack of accessibility to health care and affordability for the residents of Mahul until such time.
To enable the residents of Mahul to continue their fight for a safe environment and housing, it is our responsibility to support them in whichever way possible. For this we need more helping hands. We need more doctors to come on the ground to help the community. We also need support to have enough stock of medicines for future weekly/bi-monthly medical camps.
 
Dr. Linda, Dr. Sejal, Dr. Smriti, Dr. Nidhan,
Mr. Anil Hebbar, Sister Sonali, Supreeth, Anusha and Lara and all GBGBA’s volunteers need to be applauded for their help today in the camp!

Please do support this initiative.

Regards,
Bilal Khan
Dear Supporters,

Thank you all for your support and contribution.

On 17th of November, 2019, we successfully concluded the first free medical camp in Mahul with the help of doctors who came forward voluntarily to offer support. Given the high level of toxicity in Mahul and the lack of support from the government the residents have been left to their own resources to avail medical care and treatment even as almost all of the 5,500 families suffer from a variety of ailments. This even as the government is delaying implementation of the orders of the Bombay High Court to relocate the Mahul residents somewhere else holding the place to be uninhabitable. Until the orders are implemented and the Mahul residents are relocated elsewhere, there will be no end to their sufferings and risks of health complications. Meanwhile this free medical camp and camps that we are intending to hold in the future will address lack of accessibility to health care and affordability for the residents of Mahul until such time.
To enable the residents of Mahul to continue their fight for a safe environment and housing, it is our responsibility to support them in whichever way possible. For this we need more helping hands. We need more doctors to come on the ground to help the community. We also need support to have enough stock of medicines for future weekly/bi-monthly medical camps.
 
Dr. Linda, Dr. Sejal, Dr. Smriti, Dr. Nidhan,
Mr. Anil Hebbar, Sister Sonali, Supreeth, Anusha and Lara and all GBGBA’s volunteers need to be applauded for their help today in the camp!

Please do support this initiative.

Regards,
Bilal Khan
Rs.6,001 raised

Goal: Rs.30,000

Beneficiary: Helping Hand Ch... info_outline
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Supporters (3)

AH
Anil donated Rs.2,500
NH
Nistula donated Rs.2,500

Well done, Anil! More power to you!

AH
Anil donated Rs.1,001

I thank the team of doctors who have come forward to care for Mahul residents.