Akshayachaitanya

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JOIN THE ‘HUNGER-FREE MUMBAI’ MOVEMENT

Akshaya Chaitanya is an initiative in Mumbai with the objective to eradicate hunger in a sustainable and scalable way. We have begun our service in the city with the Hospital Feeding Programme in partnership with BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) and DMER (Directorate of Medical Education & Research), Government of Maharashtra. Currently, we are serving nutritious lunch every day in three hospitals – St. George Hospital, Cama & Albless Hospital, and Gokuldas Tejpal Hospital.

Your support is crucial and much needed for us to expand this programme
and serve more needy people in the city.

NEED FOR INTERVENTION IN MUMBAI

“If India is not in a state of famine, it is quite clearly in a state of chronic hunger.” This inference stated by Planning Commission
in Human Development Report, 2012 urges for a reality check at an individual level.

The biggest irony is, Mumbai, the financial capital ranks the
worst on hunger index in Maharashtra and urban India.

When the marginalised sections face any health issue,
public hospitals are their only option.

59.7% of households in urban slums of Mumbai are ‘severely food-insecure’
(i.e., they run out of food and have to survive without eating for a day or more)
Monthly income levels of families range from ₹7,000 to ₹25,000 only
(SEC-D & E).

Nearly 50,000 children in Mumbai are severely malnourished and nearly 2000 lose their life every year fighting hunger

>90% either do not have any medical insurance or any savings, making them vulnerable to unplanned medical expense1

Every 2nd child in Mumbai is wasted or stunted which means they either have a low height for their age or a low weight for their height

Majority works on daily wages and lose their livelihood during a health crisis in the family2

  • 1Statista Research Department
  • 2Socio-economic classification by ‘The Market Research Society of India’

Mumbai’s public hospitals cater to nearly 1.5 million patients with such background. This coupled with inadequate infrastructure and manpower puts the onus on patient’s family member to provide care to the patient. Hospitalisation and medicine cost is a huge burden, more so for the sole breadwinners and daily wage earners. And, patient’s family chooses to spend on medicine and treatment over food for themselves. In turn, they either go hungry or eat cheap junk food.

Human endurance is a remarkable trait. But it overshadows the underlying problems. As fellow citizens, let’s come together to feed our populace to enable them to steer their lives in a better and desirable way.