Reflecting on the health landscape in low-income communities took me back to ethnographic fieldwork I did in Mumbai's largest slum, Dharavi, a few years back. Most people I spoke to would prioritise emergencies and children's illness. This meant that many not so urgent ailments, long term concerns or preventative measures would not receive the attention of local doctors and health workers. I noted many conditions which could have been prevented through earlier intervention – but sadly when folks are living financially day-to-day or week-to-week, they need to make tough decisions over what they can afford. I'm looking forward to seeing innovative social business ideas from the OpenIDEO community during the upcoming Concepting phase that will consider such conditions.
And if you're concerned about the little boy pictured here – don't worry – within a few days he was fully recovered and back to making mischief!