Fighting TB in the Slums of Mumbai

The initiative aims to decentralize care by creating new DOTS (Directly Observed Treatment Short Course) centers, laboratories and collection centers run by NGO partners.

Fighting TB in the Slums of Mumbai

Saofi Espoir Foundation 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.

The program provides capacity for public health centres 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 centres where treatment will be given free of charge. They set up centres to deliver DOTS (Directly Observed Treatment Short Course) inside the slums (49 centres work with support from the Indian authorities). They are conducting awareness campaigns to alert people to the risks of this disease.

In 2013, 324,000 people benefited from awareness-raising actions. The same year, 4,889 patients were screened and put on treatment in the DOTS centres set up under this program, and 2,596 patients were channelled to various private and public centres due to awareness raising actions by doctors working in shanty towns.

The program’s success has been recognized by Indian health authorities, and the government plans to replicate the project in other regions, applying the Inter aide model.


  • Sanofi Espoir Foundation

    Advocacy NGO
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    The Sanofi Espoir Corporate Foundation was created in October 2010 by Sanofi to leverage more than 15 years of commitment to international solidarity.

    It is dedicated to...

  • Association for Leprosy Education, Rehabilitation and Treatment-India (ALERT INDIA)

    Implementing NGO
    India | Staff size: 26-50

    ALERT INDIA (Association for Leprosy Education, Rehabilitation and Treatment-India) a voluntary charitable organization, started its work over 3 decades ago with a vision to eradicate leprosy...

  • Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India

    India | Staff size: Unknown

    The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is an Indian government ministry charged with health policy in India. It is also responsible for all government programs relating to family planning in...

  • Inter Aide

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 6-25

    Founded in 1980, Inter Aide is a humanitarian organization specialized in the realization of development programs, which aims to improve access to development through programs that meet specific...

  • MJK Life Science Solutions

    Service Providers
    Staff size: 6-25

    MJK Life Science Solutions is an Indianapolis-based consultancy focusing on the commercialization of life science and healthcare technologies. MJK consultants offer strategic planning and...

  • PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative (MVI)

    Institute, Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 26-50

    The PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative (MVI) is a program of PATH, an international nonprofit organization that drives transformative innovation to save lives and improve health, especially among...

  • World Health Organization (WHO)

    Funding Agencies
    Staff size: 5001-10,000

    WHO (World Health Organisation) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters,...

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Key Information

LocationSouth Asia, India
  • Start Date 2008