Testimonials

SNEHA has done good work within limited resources.

The partnership between SNEHA and BMC needs to be strengthened and he urged social activists who are committed to social causes to build a network of partnerships between governments and NGOs to address critical social issues.

SNEHA dissemination meeting 29th Sept 2011, Sahyadri
- Shri Suresh Shetty, Hon. Minister Public Health, Maharashtra [ 29 Sep 2011 ]
UNICEF would like to take this opportunity to thank the entire SNEHA  team for providing us the opportunity to learn and understand about urban Community Management of Malnutrition (CMAM) Excellent work is happening and we need to capture it well with a proper Monitoring and Evaluation framework.
 
AAHAR is is the only urban CMAM program in the Country,may be in South Asia too.It is very important that such high quality work is well presented at State,National,International level that will support the Governments for policy formulation.
 
We at UNICEF will be very happy to provide the support to SNEHA team and the team at Sion.
- Rajalakshmi Nair, Nutrition Specialist, UNICEF [ 13 Jan 2014 ]
I’m fortunate to have been part of the growth of a courageous project that dares to openly discuss within an entirecommunity an aspect of health that Indian couples rarely discuss among themselves. Organizing and documenting data from SNEHA’s Family Planning project gave me the chance to hear what every woman wanted to say about family planning and women’s health, and to understand how the project team strives to meet a universal need by engaging each and every individual in the process of fulfilling it.Over the last year I’ve learnt a lot working with experts associated with SNEHA, and have witnessed first hand how it is indeed possible to sustain community-oriented interventions that support scientific public health research.
 
Volunteering at SNEHA has injected me with enthusiasm and confidence before I begin a master’s degree at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.It gave me the opportunity to make a difference in an inclusive and positive environment, and has left a lasting impact on my professional life. 
- Komal Bhatia, London school of Hygiene and Tropical medicine [ 28 Sep 2012 ]
 In my short two months there, SNEHA has welcomed me more warmly than anywhere else I have worked or will probably ever work at.

Volunteering at SNEHA was a very different and very rewarding experience. Through the stories I translated and the  interactions with women in the communities, the problems they face and the lives they live became much more real to me, more so than the thousands of statistics on "Mumbai slums". The insight was invaluable and something that has changed my perspective on Mumbai and the kind of development needed.
 
 SNEHA, and particularly the Sexual And Reproductive Health Team I worked with wasn't the clichéd picture of mirthless "NGO workers" The team did what they did with passion and a lot of laughter..


-Damini Sharma, Intern, Undergraduate student, University of Chicago.
- Damini Sharma, University of Chicago [ 18 Sep 2012 ]
I just came back from a visit to Ghar Pe and I thought I’d write to you about the experience.
 
Here are a few things that I walked away with:
 
I was stunned to find close to 100-150 children waiting for their turn to go up to the exhibit. The power of the exhibit was the fact that it was in the heart of the community. It was a space which was its natural home versus an art gallery which would have given it more of a controlled environment. For someone who may not have been in a community before, just the walk in would have been a revelation. I loved the installations for how beautiful and simply they were and how they had been conceived. What really took it to another level was the story behind each. I loved how they were presented / explained – not too much detail but just enough to let you think about it. Having it in multiple languages also worked well. I loved how you took an issue that was real, that may or may not be talked about and gave it a voice of its own.
- Ruchika Gupta - Akansha Foundation [ 29 Feb 2012 ]
The outstanding work done by SNEHA and its collaborators and partners has succeeded in offering replicable and program-relevant evidence in maternal and newborn healthcare in low resource urban communities. They have succeeded in developing innovative solutions to improve health of women and children. Their painstaking efforts have demonstrated how a bottom-up approach yields a locally effective model of care that imbibes and adapts the best known global experiences and practices. SNEHA has shown how communities, researchers, a civic body and the corporate sector can together make a difference on the ground. The tools developed in the course of this work have utility, relevance and appeal well beyond the great city of Mumbai. The plethora of high quality scientific publications emanating from this endeavour is a testimony to the world class rigor of research methods and principles practiced by the team. I am proud to have been a friend and a cheerleader of the Team SNEHA on its journey of truth, service and hope.

Prof. VINOD K. PAUL
September 25, 2011                                                                                                            
DEPARTMENT OF PEDIATRICS, AIIMS and WHO Collaborating Centre for Training and Research in Newborn Care;              
Chairman, Technical Resource Group on Child Health
Ministry of Health and FW
 
EXTRACTS FROM THE FOREWORD in the publication ‘Impacting Maternal and Newborn Health in Urban slums, a decade of partnership- Building models and Strengthening Systems. Looking Back..Going Forward, 2011
- Prof Vinod Paul [ 25 Sep 2011 ]