The informal sector is the backbone of the waste management industry in India. In spite of their efforts, they are under-appreciated and very few initiatives exist for the reformation of their sector. A typical ragpicker earns between 100 – 150 rupees per day, which is barely enough to cover living and food costs.
RAGPICKERS WORKING IN LANDFILL
To provide support to our unsung heroes, Voyage began the initiative to provide Free Medical Camps for the benefit of ragpickers at Martam Landfill, 32 Number, Gangtok, Sikkim.
We are supported by the kind support of doctors and nurses from CRH hospital, Gangtok and student volunteers.
The data from the medical camps would be published in a report titled “Impact on Physical Health while working in Hazardous Conditions”
28th October 2018 - The first camp was on this date which comprised of a general health checkup including Blood Pressure and sugar testing. Vaccinations for tetanus and Hepatitis B were also given to 58 ragpickers.
8th December 2018: This camp was organized to provide 2nd follow-up dose of Hepatitis B, which could be provided to only 34 ragpickers.
14th July 2019 : This camp was organized to provide 3rd follow-up dose of Hepatitis B, which could be provided to only 16 ragpickers.
The data reinforces the understanding that the informal sector is highly transient and migrant. There is a dire need to recognize their work and provide them with dignity of labour.
WE NEED COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTION TO CONTINUE OUR HEALTH CAMPS FOR THE RAGPICKERS AND FUTURE SOCIAL UPLIFTMENT PROJECTS. PLEASE HELP US OUT IN ANY WAY YOU CAN.