According to The World Health Organization, 1.25 million people are killed and as many as 50 million people are injured in road crashes every year. Road crash ranked as the 11th leading cause of death globally, and around 90% of the 1.25 million deaths caused by road crashes each year occur in developing countries. Road injuries are the leading cause of death among people aged between 15 and 29.
In the light of World Cities Day, we explore a frugal home-grown solution for communities living in urban poverty - a community-led process of building affordable homes that started in the heart of Jhenaidha of south-western Bangladesh.
On a quiet Wednesday afternoon in early August, Dhaka’s Tejgaon fire station got a call from Beltola, a crowded part of Korail slum. An electric wire was sparking and nearby houses were starting to catch on fire.