The Maternal and Newborn Health Program currently focuses on two aspects of maternal
- Improving access in order to care for pregnant mothers in vulnerable slum communities.
- Building responsive public healthcare systems that provide quality maternal care.
How We Work
Our model aims to impact maternal and new born health in the urban areas, and adopts
a two pronged strategy :
At the systems level, to improve the quality of care by facilitating initiation
of quality antenatal clinics at health posts, the development and implementation
of emergency obstetric referral protocols and coordinating periodic referral meetings
to resolve inter facility bottlenecks in the management of emergency obstetric cases.
At the community level, to bring about behaviour change in pregnant women with the
use of targeted communication and engagement strategies.
We work with the Municipal corporation of Mumbai and the Municipal corporations
of Kalyan - Dombivali, Mira - Bhayander and Thane.
The Maternal and Newborn Program of SNEHA has recently received a grant by the World
Heath Organization, under the call for proposals announced by the Implementation
Research Platform, World Health Organization. The proposal has been selected for
funding for two years after a rigorous process of screening of around 500 entries
received from all over the globe. As part of the selection process, Sushma Shende,
Program Director Maternal and Newborn Health and Dr Shanti Pantvaidya, Executive
Director (Programs) attended a five day workshop on designing implementation research
study protocols in Montreux, Switzerland between 21st and 26th
Won ICICI CNBC India Inclusive Award for strengthening primary health care for pregnant
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