Focus: Women, Health, Children and Youth
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SNEHA work to improve quality of health care in public health systems and educate pregnant women and their families so as to improve their health-seeking behaviour. They established the maternal referral system in 2004 to ensure urban poor women, especially high risk pregnant women get appropriate and timely care.
WITH a specific focus on acute child malnutrition, SNEHA work with communities to create teams of volunteers who take ownership of health issues and public infrastructure to improve child health and nutrition services. They have treated over 32,000 children under the age of 5 and have reduced malnutrition by 28% in children aged 0-3 years in their intervention areas.
IN their bid to prevent violence against women and children, SNEHA provide counselling and crisis intervention for survivors of violence. With their award-winning Little Sister App mobile application, community volunteers map and track cases of violence. They also train police and public health staff to improve institutional responses to gender violence.
SNEHA train adolescents on vocational skills and link them to employment opportunities, and educate them on sexual & reproductive health and gender equity. Their programme focuses on building adolescents' digital skills so as to help express themselves through activities like video-making and podcasts. They have worked with over 13,000 adolescents across Mumbai.
SNEHA has worked closely with us to empower our community workers to not only become agents of mother and child health, but in cultivating their leadership and influence to impact sustainable behaviour change.
We have been adopting an integrated approach to address malnutrition in children, maternal and child health issues, and domestic violence against children and women. Through our partnership with SNEHA, we have made a meaningful impact on the community.
In marginalised communities, NGOs strive to positively influence their well-being - and aim to do so by not duplicating the effort of the government, rather by working with the system. SNEHA has the rare distinction of doing this effectively.
My life has taken a long, bright turn, ever since I came to SNEHA for the Nurse-Aide course. My life has changed in a way, I would have never believed, it would.
Now I understand and can converse in broken English. I will complete the nurse-aide course. I would like to tell other girls: don’t stop, stay in the course, do what you want, you will get support from the SNEHA team, you will get what you want.
I'm really grateful to SNEHA for giving me the opportunity to step closer to my dream. My only dream is to offer the help I couldn't offer to my mother to others who need it just as much.
- Armida Fernandez Founder-Trustee
- Vanessa D'Souza CEO
- Shanti Pantvaidya Executive Director
- Nayreen Daruwalla Programme Director
- Neena Shah More Programme Director
- Sushma Shende Programme Director
- Rama Shyam Programme Director
- Archana Bagra Director - Finance
- Anuja Jayaraman Director - Research