Whopping rates of Urbanization has posed a serious threat to the life of the commoner in urban slums of Bhubaneswar. The Temple city has experienced tremendous growth in slum population (about 78%) in the last decade especially post super cyclone, which led to huge migration from rural to urban areas .The slum survey conducted by BMC in 2008 identified a total of 377 slums in the city of Bhubaneswar containing about 60,126 households and about 308,614 populations. Significant proportion of the urban population lives in slums or slum- like conditions, which seriously compromise health and sanitary conditions, putting them at a much higher morbidity and mortality risk than non-slum population PFI entered into a partnership with USAID to start a comprehensive Health of the Urban Poor (HUP) Project, implemented by OVHA in Bhubaneswar from October 2011.
To improve the health status of the urban poor by adopting effective, efficient and sustainable strategic intervention approaches, adopting the principle of convergence of the various development programs.
The project implementation started from oct-2011 in 42 slums, 16 of which come under UHC area and 26 slums comes under Non UHC area with the objective of spreading awareness on MNCHN and WATSAN. HUP team has 14 staff comprising with 12 CCs, 1 Project Coordinator & 1 part time Accountant.
HUP program has created awareness among the community people based on how to use safe drinking water, Care of Mother and Child health, fully immunization, Nutrition and linkages with health providers at their areas. The availability of health facilities which will be ensure by the MAS.