Toolkit for healthy urban lives in slums

Health in Slums is a joint initiative between Maastricht University-CAPHRI and Zuyd University of Applied Sciences and was initiated by prof. Luc de Witte and prof. Onno van Schayck .
The project seeks to improve the health and well-being of urban slum communities in Bangalore, India, through action oriented research in close collaboration with key local stakeholders.
The initial project – Project Exhale – focuses on the co-development of solutions to address indoor air pollution in urban slums in Bangalore together with local communities and partners.
In India people often cook indoors using firewood and that is damaging to their health. Each year half a million people die from this cause. Van Schayck and his project partners developed a cook stove together with slum dwellers. This stove ensures that the smoke is considerably reduced and compatible with the needs and wishes of slum-dwellers. The Netherlands and India have both invested in this project of Dutch universities and Indian hospitals. As a result of this project Onno van Schayck was invited to become a member of the Global Commission on Pollution and Health, an initiative of The Lancet and the UN. This commission’s final report will be published in a special edition of The Lancet on October 19th.