Josephine d’Allant: How Slum Residents Fight Against Malaria, TB, Dengue Fever and Swine FluPosted: July 8, 2013
Although malaria remains a perennial issue in Mumbai, city officials launched a targeted intervention in 2009 that has become a model for other Indian cities. The approach is multi-pronged, focusing on slums and construction sites, door-to-door screening, regular fogging, and the proper treatment of malaria patients. Data prove that this initiative is working: malaria-related deaths have dropped from 198 to 45 in just three years. The government is now planning to use this model to combat other mosquito-borne illnesses in Mumbai.