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Give health to newborns in slums

Focus: Children and Youth , Women , Health

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THE first 1,000 days of a child’s life are crucial and determine their long-term health outcomes. Contribute to SNEHA's integrated programmes to ensure children in Mumbai's slums get a quality start to life.

Early and consistent care to maternal and newborn health can prevent pregnancy-related deaths and severe malnutrition in children. This is especially true for those living in poverty who lack awareness and access.

By working with newly married women, pregnant women, new mothers, newborns, children, public health systems and the larger community, SNEHA address health concerns at all critical stages of women and children’s lives.

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Your support will help break the intergenerational cycle of poor health.


In India, four out of ten children under five are undernourished. Lack of awareness and an inability to afford quality healthcare often results in pregnancy-related deaths - almost three lakh a year. The first 1,000 days of life, from conception to the child’s second birthday, has far reaching impact on the child's entire life. It can help break the intergenerational cycle of poor health and transform the quality of life of mothers and infants.

Proper newborn care can change long-term health outcomes.

Although Mumbai is known as the city of dreams, a place where people from all over the country come to prosper, about half of its population - six million people - live in impoverished conditions, with poor hygiene, no awareness or resources. This has adverse effects on people's health, and is often passed on through generations.

Pregnancy through infancy is the most critical period of growth and development in a child’s life. Nutritional gains during this period continue to benefit the child throughout life, while the damage from nutritional losses lasts a lifetime.

UNICEF, January 2016

The funds will go towards SNEHA's integrated programme addressing the first 1,000 days of life, which will benefit women and children in Mumbai's slums. It will be used to raise awareness on maternal and child health and nutrition among slum communities, for working to strengthen the public health systems such as anganwadis and in upskilling and building capacity of government health workers.

SNEHA run multiple interventions addressing maternal and newborn health.