Fighting against communicable and neglected diseases

Fighting against TB in the slums of Mumbai, India

In Mumbai, where there is still a high incidence of tuberculosis, patients are reluctant to be screened. Information campaigns on the streets explain that tuberculosis can be cured and that DOTS treatment is freely available at public health centers and through local association partners working in the heart of the slums.

Location of Project India, Mumbai
Name of Association www.interaide.org
Inter Aide
  www.interaide.org
Project Partners
(financial and operational)
  • Father Ceyrac Association
  • 5 local NGOs: Alert India, LSS, MJK, NSVK and PATH
  • Indian Ministry of Health
  • Tuberculosis Control Societies (municipalities)
  • WHO

Program description

The Foundation Sanofi Espoir supports the program of the NGO Inter Aide to help health authorities and local stakeholders reduce the economic impact and risk of tuberculosis infection in the slums of Mumbai.

In these poor, densely populated neighborhoods, TB is one of the primary causes of mortality as well as disability and unemployment. The program provides capacity for public health centers to improve care and patient monitoring, reduce regimen non-compliance, and drive up the cure rate. The teams visit private doctors in slums to encourage them to send their patients to public or association-based centers where treatment will be given free of charge. They set up centers to deliver DOTS (Directly Observed Treatment Short Course) inside the slums (49 centers work with support from the Indian authorities). They are conducting awareness campaigns to alert people to the risks of this disease.

In 2011, 161,000 people benefited from awareness-raising actions.

The same year, 3,889 patients were screened and put on treatment in the DOTS centers set up by NGO partners to the project. Actions conducted with private doctors led to 3,160 patients being treated under DOTS.