India joined BARNARDS’ in 2017. BARNARDS in India aims to focus on the Kolkata region, with our principal partner, the National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (NICED) working with the district hospital, Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Rsearch (IPGMER).

More information on the BARNARDS, India site and team members will be available shortly…

Kolkata, also known as Calcutta, is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. The Kolkata metropolitan area is spread over 1,886.67 km2. As of 2003, about one-third of the population, or 1.5 million people, lived in 3,500 unregistered squatter-occupied and 2,011 registered slums. The authorised slums have access to basic services like water, latrines, trash removal by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation and can be broadly divided into two groups; bustees, in which slum dwellers have long term tenancy agreements with the landowners and udbastu colonies, settlements which have been leased to refugees by the Government. The unauthorised slums are devoid of basic services and are occupied by squatters who started living on encroached lands, mainly along canals, railway lines and roads.