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Directions to MGR Nagar Slum and Medical Camp Site

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Below is a map giving directions on how to reach the MGR Nagar slum as well as the campsite for Sunday’s Medical camp.  When coming from Guindy, the site is located just after the Nandambakkam bus stop, on a road turning off to the right, just before the bridge over the Adyar river.

Look for the banners that will be posted. The campsite is held is a laundry facility there and will be clearly labeled and visible from the street.


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The camp starts at 10AM and we request volunteers to be present at 9:30 if possible. It will go on till 1AM.  Please let us know if you can come, we will be happy to accept your help!

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Map of MGR Nagar Slum

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

This map was made by Alex on our visit to the MGR Nagar community 2 weeks ago. It’s a simple map, spanning two pages, of the street where we are currently working.

Thanks a lot to Alex for his time and effort in making this map. We will be using it as we do our survey next week.

Map of MGR Slum, Page 2
Map Page 1 (.jpg)

Map of MGR Nagar Slum, Page 2
Map Page 2 (.jpg)

Locations for the New Project Sites

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

The new project sites are located in Ramavaram (Ramapuram,) Chennai.

The first site is directly across the site of our old project site. Approaching Porur from Guindy, it is seen on the left, just before MIOT hospital.

The second site, MG Nagar Slum, is located down the street from the site of the old project site; it is reached by following the road.

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You can also view the sites on Google Earth: Project Site A, MG Nagar Slum

Compiling our Data

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Almost a year ago, we conducted a survey of the Ramavaram community in order to understand information about the population there and assess their current status and needs. We also thought it would be useful in order to see how far we had progressed in the community. The survey itself was written by Apta and myself and it was conducted by a large team of volunteers. We were able to reach most of the houses in the Ramavaram community that day and on subsequent trips. In order to target the houses most accurately, we divided the community into blocks and gave each of the houses a number. Alex made a great map of the community, which we still use to this day.

Alex’s Map (.jpg)
Recently, some of our board members have been talking to Dr. Sathyasekaran, the Head of the Department of Community Medicine in our college. He has suggested that we formally compile the data we have collected thus far to analyze it and to figure out what additional information we need.

The first step is entering all of the data we have collected into the computer. This is being done by Apoorvaa and Lalitha. After this, we plan on importing it into a statistical software in order to be better able to analyze the information. Hopefully this can be done early this week and we can have some of the results of that survey for us to use.

Directions to Ramavaram Slum

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

The Ramavaram slum is located directly off of Poonamallee High Road. The nearest landmark is the MIOT Hospitals.

After reaching Kathipara Junction travel down Butt Road and turn right to Mount Poonamallee Road (towards Porur.)

Travel for about two kilometers. You will come across the bridge. Beyond the bridge is MIOT Hospitals. The Ramavaram slum is located before this bridge and is the immediate right before it.

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About Ramavaram Slum

Friday, April 18th, 2008

Ramavaram is a district located in Tamil Nadu, India, immediately outside the city of Chennai. It is based around Poonamallee High Road, the major road to leave the city en route to Bangalore. It is an area in a period of rapid urbanization in response to the burgeoning Indian economy.

However, the booming Indian economy has left many behind, even in the areas where its growth is maximal. A prime example is the Ramavaram slum. When driving down Poonamallee High Road, one passes over a bridge on the way to Porur. Looking down, one sees the brackish, sewage-filled Adyar River. On the banks of this river are the thatch houses of the Ramavaram slum. Looking over the bridge, one can see the residents of the slum washing their clothes in the river water.

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The slum is home to about 500 people living in 90 houses. Most of the adults have minimal or no educational background, and none of them have stable employment or an employable skill set. They have unsteady jobs which are highly vulnerable to fluxes in the local economy.

Most of the women in the slum have minimal education and are illiterate. Married at young ages, they have migrated to the slum with their families. Many are very young mothers, and though they receive a modicum of health care, they are not knowledgeable about basic aspects of child care, nutrition, or family planning. Quite a few women do not receive adequate prenatal care and cannot acquire procedures such as cesarean sections.

The children of the slum, who constitute about half of the population, live in an overcrowded area. Younger children run around the slum without any clothes and are visibly malnourished. Though many of the children go to school, most of them stop by the fifth standard of class and do not continue. Instead, they join the workforce and take on adult responsibilities at very young ages. They often do not receive the minimum of immunizations as recommended by the Indian Institute of Paediatrics. Some of them have unattended conditions requiring medical or surgical treatment such as chronic otitis media (ear infections) and cleft lips.

One of the major problems in the slum is basic sanitation and hygiene. They do not treat their water before using it for consumption. They receive it in a tank, provided by the government, which they use for cooking and drinking. However, for all other purposes – bathing, defecation, urination, handwashing, dishwashing and laundry – they use the river water, which represents a significant public health threat.

In our work at Ramavaram, we want to improve the health status and economic condition of the residents of the slum. We plan to promote the health status through education and through implementation of public health measures. We plan on improving the economic conditions of the community through the promotion of children’s education as well as vocational training for the older residents. We have a number of programs currently in development and we hope we can make a significant difference in their lives.