Research and PublicationsHealth Impact of Solid Waste Management in Four Slums of Dhaka City



This study has been commissioned by the Dhaka CALLING project under the Promoting Advocacy and Rights (PAR) activity financed by the USAID and technically supported by the Counterpart International (CPI) to document an overall understanding of the impact of municipal solid waste (MSW) management on the physical and mental health of slum dwellers.

Dhaka CALLING is a consortium led by the Dushtha Shasthya Kendra (DSK) members that includes Bangladesh Resource Center for Indigenous Knowledge (BARCIK), Coalition for the Urban Poor (CUP), and Institute of Innovations for Gender and Humanitarian Transformations (inSights).

Dhaka CALLING consortium member inSights, in cooperation with the other partners, conceptualized the study and partnered with Health21, a local NGO, to conduct the study on the ground. The study was conducted using a combination of secondary and primary sources. Data was collected through desk review, key informant interviews (KII) with local and city-level duty-bearers and service providers, community focus group discussions in four low-income communities of both Dhaka South and North City Corporation (Mollar Slum and Korail Slum of Ward 06 and 19 of Dhaka North City Corporation, and Balur Maath Slum and Bou Bazar Slum of Ward 14 and 55 of Dhaka South City Corporation).

The study generated a comprehensive understanding of both the physical and mental health impact of the waste management system on the dwellers of those selected slums. It gathered information on people’s perceptions and practices regarding waste management issues in and around the slum areas and possible solutions.

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