Interventions to Improve Hygiene & Health
In Slum Communities

One Home One Toilet

SA has developed an award-winning model to facilitate individual home toilets in slum communities using household data and the support of communities and Urban Local Bodies. This has reduced open defecation and reliance on defunct community toilets while promoting good health, hygiene and safety…..Know More

Menstrual Hygiene

Modern menstrual hygiene products are expensive, non-biodegradable and toxic for women’s health. At our workshops slum- women learn to handle issues related to menstrual health and hygiene. They are encouraged to use eco-friendly products like menstrual cups to address environmental degradation and period poverty….Know More

Solid Waste Management

Unsegregated solid waste from homes ends up in landfills causing catastrophic damage to health and environment. Through demonstrations and discussions, SA creates behavioral change motivating communities to segregate waste. Accurate spatial data helps ULBs in monitoring solid waste collection in slums…..Know More

Problems Of

Urban Sanitation

Lack of accurate slum data prevents ULBs from providing safe sanitation to overcrowded slums. Missing drainage lines, defunct community toilets force slum dwellers to practice open defecation posing grave health and safety concerns for women and the elderly. Mismanagement of solid waste and lack of awareness around personal and menstrual hygiene further aggravates sanitation woes.

Community case stories

Family responsibilities and extreme poverty led Abhiman to take up menial jobs. Tragedy struck as he was left paralyzed in his sleep. Unable to walk, he struggled to use the public toilet for years. SA helped the family build a toilet within the house, suited to Abhiman’s disability. This safe and dignified option is not just convenient but it has also improved his health.

Abhiman Kirthkudane,

Turbhe, Navi Mumbai

Shelter Associates

SA was founded by architects in 1994 with a passion to ensure equitable access to essential services for the urban poor. SA follows a data-driven, multistakeholder approach to designing and implementing community-centric solutions around sanitation and social housing issues. Know More

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