Dharavi is one of the largest slum areas in Asia. When corona infection was spreading across India, it affected Dharavi too. There was a concern about the infection spreading in this area, but now this area has become a role model in the battle against corona. The World Health Organization has also praised it. At the same time, this time, the World Bank has praised the ‘Dharavi model’.
The World Bank applauded the efforts being made to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection in Dharavi, Mumbai, saying the success was due to solutions to the problem, community participation and persistence.
In its biennial ‘Poverty and Shared Prosperity Report’, the World Bank said that the highest number of infection cases were in May, which fell to 20 per cent in July after three months. The World Bank said that city officials in Mumbai included people at the community level as part of a strategy to conduct a large-scale screening of patients with fever and decreased oxygen levels in Dharavi and deployed staff from private hospitals to spread the virus.
During the lockdown, NGOs, organizations and volunteers transported ration to thousands of homes to help low-income families. The World Bank said that it was successful in finding solutions to the problem, involving people at the community level and persistence in preventing the spread of coronavirus infection in Dharavi.
Dharavi, located in Mumbai, India’s economic capital, is one of the largest slum areas in the world. Dharavi spreads over an area of two and a half square kilometres and is home to over six and a half lakh people. Mumbai reported its first case of corona on 11 March and the first case of infection was detected in Dharavi three weeks later on 1 April.