Photography: SafePoint Trust: Slumdog Scandal
65% of all injections in India are given using a dirty syringe. Transmission of HIV and Hepatitis B are common because of this unsafe practice. Because of lack of funding and negligence, hospitals and clinics around the country are forced to reuse syringes two or more times. In the slums, it is common for a 'quack' doctor to reuse a single syringe on more than ten patients. In these areas, patients are generally uneducated and unaware of the health risks.
SafePoint Trust believes that every person has the right to request and receive a sterile and safe injection. This means that the injection is given using a new syringe each time, taken out of a packet, used once and disposed of safely. SafePoint Trust educates people in India, Tanzania and Uganda about injection safety, so that the billions of injections given each year are administered in the safest possible way. The organisation is working to ensure the adoption of Auto-Disable (AD) syringes, which are only used once, therefore stemming the spread of disease.
Sunday Times Magazine feature, Slumdog Scandal