Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti is barely 5 kilometres away from the best government medical facility in the country – the All India Institute of Medical Sciences but almost 40 per cent of deliveries still happen at home. Anemia amongst women and malnutrition amongst children is seen in over half the population.
Improving access to health facilities was thus a project priority from the onset. The project set up a Pathology Laboratory in 2008 at the polyclinic where 32 kinds of tests have been conducted; since 2008 with over 55000 tests have been carried out since the lab was established.
Further the project strengthened the polyclinic through providing advanced equipment for the Eye and ENT clinic; improving maternal and child health facilities specifically ante-natal check-ups and immunization, and appointing a part-time gynaecologist and paediatrician.
The polyclinic is used not only by residents of the Basti, but also in large numbers by pilgrims and residents of nearby areas.