EHS-COVID (73) HSG: The need for a socially just Covid-19 response in urban informal settlements (2) Asha COVID-19 Case Study

20 November, 2020

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You ask for responses about work bing done in slums and informal settlements.

ASHA is an amazing NGO working in 91 slum communities in Delhi and here is a valuable assessment which you might wish to share

Kind wishes


HIFA profile: Ted Lankester is Co-Leader of Arukah Network in the UK. Professional interests: Global health. Community based health care. Travel medicine etc

Medical author most recently Setting up community heath and development programmes in low and middle income settings OUP 520 pages 2019 with Nathan Grills and 16 co-authors. Email address:

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Subject: Asha COVID-19 Case Study

Dear Ted,

India is headed for disaster as there are about 100,000 reported cases of Covid-19 added daily to the updated recorded figure of 5,398,230 cases. However, the recorded cases in India are likely to be a small fraction of all Covid-19 infections. It is estimated that India has already crossed 50 million cases.

The health services are fragile in India’s poorer states, routine public health services have been discontinued, there is extreme and acute food insecurity resulting in lasting damage from malnutrition and high child mortality, and a prolonged period of unemployment and hunger.

Attached [*see note below] is a Case Study on Asha’s Response to Covid-19 in the slums of Delhi under its care; a population of 700,000 in 91 slums all over the city. This Case Study describes Asha’s immediate and evolving response and interventions from the start, the key factors that enabled it, and the encouraging outcomes.

The lead author on this Case Study is Jean Peteet, PhD, MPH, PT, Boston University Clinical Assistant Professor, Emerita, and Board Member of Friends of Asha USA.

I invite you to read and reflect on this report and share it with others who might be interested in looking at successful models of Covid-19 public health programs.

Please reach out to me at: if you have any comments or questions.

I wish to take this opportunity to thank you for your generous contributions to Asha that have enabled us to strategize and implement this Covid-19 public health program in the slums of Delhi. It is my hope that I will continue to receive your support.

With all good wishes.

Kiran Martin

Dr. Kiran Martin

Padma Shri

Founder & Director

Asha Community Health & Development Society

Ekta Vihar, R.K. Puram, Sector 6, New Delhi - 110022, India





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