SUVIDHA
Building sustainable community hygiene solutions in urban slums
Suvidha
CAUSE AREA:
Health
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INTERVENTION AREA:
Sanitation and Hygiene, Safe drinking water
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THE NEED

Inadequate sanitation is much more than just an inconvenience - It costs lives, dignity and productivity. Poor sanitation means dying children, uneducated girls, vulnerable women, unhealthy living conditions and ultimately unproductive and poor populations. In India, 1,600 children die every day before reaching their fifth birthday, 24% of girls drop out of school and more than 30% of marginalized women are violently assaulted every year as the lack of basic sanitation forces them to travel long distances to meet their needs. Above all, lack of sanitation is not a symptom of poverty but a major contributing factor. Our slum communities today still do not have functional toilets or safe drinking water. The distance and unsanitary condition of public toilets drives them to open defecation. They also stand in long queues to gather water and have to pay a premium to buy water from private vendors.

SOLUTION

The Suvidha model was piloted by Unilever as a solution to the WASH problem in urban slum communities. In support of the Swachh Bharat mission, it believes that the solution to improving hygiene and sanitation will not come from increasing the number of toilets alone. There is a need to create a system for efficient and functional services combined with behavior change. The land for the Suvidha centre is provided by the MCGM and the project is executed through a public private partnership. The structure has a basement, two floors and a terrace. It can cater to 1500 slum dwellers and meet almost 80% of their of their basic water needs for laundry, showers, toilets and handwashing. It includes:

Showers with soap and push valves to save water. Clean, flushing and disbality friendly toilets, accessible for all.
Clean drinking water stations and handwashing areas with soap.
Energy and cost efficient laundry facilities accessible for all.
Rainwater harvesting and water recycling to save water
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PROJECT SUVIDHA - COMMUNITY WATER AND HYGIENE CENTRE
The project is to set Community Water and Hygiene Centres called Suvidha in the slums of Mumbai, India. The vision of this project is to help the low income population living in Urban India with better access to water and sanitation infrastructure wh
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Project Suvidha - Community Water and Hygiene Centre

23rd April 2024

The project is to set Community Water and Hygiene Centres called Suvidha in the slums of Mumbai, India. The vision of this project is to help the low income population living in Urban India with better access to water and sanitation infrastructure which is designed on principles of water recycling to ensure future sustainability. These centres have toilets with flushes, laundromat, hand wash stations, showers and safe drinking water. 4 Suvidha centre have been built in Mumbai in partnerships with HSBC and Hindustan Unilever Limited. Suvidha uses circular economy principles to reduce water use. Fresh water is first used for brushing teeth, bathing, handwashing and laundry. Since 2018, Suvidha Centre project has been up scaled to 16 centres in partnership with HSBC India and UWM is the CSR partner.

- In FY 2023 - 2024, 4 new Suvidha centres were inaugurated

- Annually benefitted more 5 Lakh Residents of the informal settlements belonging to lower income group

- Saved more than 50 million litres of water, through grey water and black water recycling.


62 HEALTH CAMPS PROVIDE VITAL SERVICES TO THOUSAND
The team organized 62 health camps, reaching 13,106 beneficiaries. These camps provided vital healthcare services to residents, identifying 584 individuals with serious health concerns requiring further treatment. Additionally, 1,426 patients were re
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62 Health Camps Provide Vital Services to Thousand

23rd April 2024

The team organized 62 health camps, reaching 13,106 beneficiaries. These camps provided vital healthcare services to residents, identifying 584 individuals with serious health concerns requiring further treatment. Additionally, 1,426 patients were referred to government health facilities for specialized care, contributing to early detection and treatment of health conditions.


UPGRADED FACILITIES PROVIDE IMPROVED SANITATION AND WATER ACCESS FOR STUDENTS
The team refurbished 68 toilet blocks, 8 hand wash stations, and 19 water dispensing stations in 10 municipal schools. These improvements created a clean and hygienic learning environment for approximately 16,232 school children, promoting better hea
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Upgraded Facilities Provide Improved Sanitation and Water Access for Students

23rd April 2024

The team refurbished 68 toilet blocks, 8 hand wash stations, and 19 water dispensing stations in 10 municipal schools. These improvements created a clean and hygienic learning environment for approximately 16,232 school children, promoting better health outcomes and enhancing the overall school experience.


HEALTH AND HYGIENE EDUCATION INITIATIVES IMPACT 2,500 LEARNERS
Interactive hygiene education sessions were conducted in 10 municipal schools, reaching 2,500 students. These sessions raised awareness about sanitation practices and personal hygiene, empowering students with the knowledge to maintain cleanliness an
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Health and Hygiene Education Initiatives Impact 2,500 Learners

23rd April 2024

Interactive hygiene education sessions were conducted in 10 municipal schools, reaching 2,500 students. These sessions raised awareness about sanitation practices and personal hygiene, empowering students with the knowledge to maintain cleanliness and prevent illnesses.



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