"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"