Differences in the Formation and Development of Informal Settlements and Their Effects on Residents’ Health and Safety

Kabagambe Ishyaka Bertrand

Participating in the research project concerning Variations in the establishment and growth of informal settlements and their influence on the health and safety of residents alongside my colleagues from the Medical College of Wisconsin, was an extraordinary experience. Our exploration took us to two vibrant communities, Mpazi and Busanza, where we engaged in enlightening focus group discussions with the residents. The genuine warmth and openness of the people we met were truly heartening, and they willingly shared their experiences and insights, enriching our research in immeasurable ways. Witnessing the challenges and triumphs of these communities firsthand deepened our understanding of the impact of informal settlements on residents’ well-being. This collaborative journey not only strengthened our team’s bonds but also left us with a profound sense of fulfillment, knowing that our work could contribute positively to the lives of others.

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