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Nurse Aide Programme

Providing nurse training to young women to serve as assistants in health facilities Mumbai

Mumbai (Kurla & Ville Parle)

Our Work

The SNEHA Shakti Swasthya Sevika Nurse Aide Programme is an 8-month long course that trains young women to become nurse aides in private hospitals, nursing homes, and maternity homes. Through the course, SNEHA seeks to offer employment opportunities for aspiring nurse-aides and also address a system-wide demand for health care workers. The programme covers around 651 communities and sub communities across Mumbai.

Teaching modules

We offer theoretical and practical teaching sessions on nursing and medicine, covering spoken English, basic computers, systemic care, paediatrics, gynecology, surgery, geriatric care and palliative care.

Exposure visits and soft skills training

We facilitate nurse aides’ transition to working life by providing exposure to real health care environments and softer skills required of nurse-aides

Job and internship placements

We collaborate with hospitals, nursing homes and other employers to help nurse aides find job opportunities.

Reach and Impact


Batches have been
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Students graduated
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Our graduates
have been placed
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Notes from the field
A nurse’s determination

When we started our Nurse Aide programme, we aimed not only to meet a demand for health workers, but also to address unemployment among young women. Various social and emotional challenges arise in the path to employment, and our counsellors work with our nurse aides to support them through these challenges.

Priya* was compelled to go back to her parent’s house after being mentally harassed by her alcoholic husband and in laws. She felt the need to be independent despite objection from her in laws. During that time, her aunt, who did the nurse aide course herself, introduced her to the course.

He husband would make random visits to the hospital she worked in and demand for her salary. After she completed four months of theory, she was called back by her in laws to do household chores, since her sister-in-law was delivering a baby. She was highly overworked and was unable to complete her internship on time moreover her in laws objected to her taking up a night duty job.

Her faculty understood the situation and gave Priya flexibility in timings so she can attend the classes after completing the household chores. This encouraged her to be resilient.

Priya is now earning and is able to financially support her in laws and parents.

“I am very thankful and grateful to SNEHA for giving me skills so I can earn a livelihood. I am now confident that I can face any challenges in life” she says.

*Name changed


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