Health of the Urban Poor


The Health of the Urban Poor (HUP) project addressed the reproductive, maternal and child health needs of women and children in 22 slums of Agra as part of USAID's technical support to the National Urban Health Mission (NUHM). Community Health Committees were organized in each settlement, to create knowledge and persuade pregnant women for prenatal and child health check ups. Water and sanitation interventions were supported. New toilets in homes of pregnant and nursing women were built using the CAP technical and financial model. Based on data generated under the project and in consultation with key health service providers, a City Health Plan was also developed to provide a framework for future health interventions on a citywide basis and in a comprehensive manner. HUP demonstrated a replicable urban health model that can comprehensively manage preventive and curative health issues among the poor in cities.

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