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Dharavi: Mumbai’s Shadow City


“As Mumbai booms, the poor of its notorious Dharavi slum find themselves living in some of India’s hottest real estate...Few homes have running water or toilets, but a household without a television is uncommon in Dharavi.” (FP Blog)

National Geographic has a great feature on Dharavi, one of the largest “slums” in the world (hat tip to the FP Blog and Roger for sending this my way). The photo essay and multimedia are definitely worth checking out. I am guessing that there are many individual health projects going on in Dharavi but I was not able to find much information; check out for their coverage last year on a pilot health insurance scheme. Next year a majority of our global population will live in urban areas, with urban slums being the fastest growing human habitat. Dharavi has 1 Million people packed into a square mile and generates over $500 Million worth of goods per year, or as BBC has put it, this shadow city has over $650M in annual business turn over. There is supposedly 1 toilet for every 1400 people there with most of those being non-functional.

Unfortunately National Geographic has not offered many opportunities in the way of options on helping those in need, but you can see the two charities they selected here: how to help.

Other Sources:
-Waste not, want not. Observer coverage, another excellent piece. Photo essay, article
-Trival Matters blog, coverage of various industries in Dharavi, link
-NPR coverage from 2004, link


Written by Aman

April 30, 2007 at 5:53 am

Posted in Global Health

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