Zoya, the story of a girl freed from the troubles of TB
Here’s how Mumbai Smiles Foundation ensured Zoya Bano was treated and cured of tuberculosis and attended school regularly
Living in Mumbai can be tough, even for the privileged who have four meals a day, live under a solid roof, and have access to clean drinking water, and laundered clothes. Imagine the plight of those who don’t have access to the basic necessities. With the monsoons hitting the city with more vigour this year, compared to what we’ve witnessed in the past few years, life for the city’s slum dwellers has become tougher than usual due to inadequate healthcare facilities and their ability to easily contract a disease.
For seven-year-old Zoya and her family, the last seven months were excruciating.
Zoya Bano, our School Education beneficiary, studies in Shivajirao Shendge School at Govandi, Transit Camp School. She found it difficult to attend schools regularly because of the pitiful conditions her parents live in. Her father is a daily wage worker making a monthly income of INR 6,500. Besides her, there are three younger siblings, and one elder sibling.
As she was unable to attend school, Mumbai Smiles Foundation’s Field Coordinator visited her home, only to find out that she was unwell. On further investigation, Zoya was diagnosed with lymphatic TB on her neck.
To support her treatment, the Field Coordinator spoke to her parents and asked her to be treated by the government hospital for free. The Field Coordinator along with the J2J team visited the nearest health post and helped her seek treatment.
It has been six months and Zoya has recovered well. She is now attending school regularly and is excited to see her friends after a long time.