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SNEHA

Mumbai Mumbai India India

Working in partnership with communities and health systems to empower women and their children in urban slums to improve their health.

SNEHA is investing in the health of women and girls in the reproductive age. Its initiatives target both care seekers and care providers. The key areas of work are: ante & post-natal services; maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition; sexual and reproductive health and the prevention of violence against women and children. The organization works at the community level to empower women and slum communities to be catalysts of change in their own right and collaborates with existing public health systems and health care providers to create sustainable improvements in urban health.

VR Film introduction

Introduction en Réalité Virtuelle

The Challenges

Les Challenges

In 2015, there were 45,000 maternal deaths in India, accounting for 15% of the global figure
45.5% of children in Mumbai slums suffer from malnutrition
Nearly 70% of women in India face domestic violence

Key facts Éléments Clés

Age Range Âge ciblé 0 — 24 0 à 24 ans
Beneficiaries Bénéficiaires 52,000 52 000
Sectors Secteurs Health Santé
Staff Personnel 397 397
Budget Budget $3,075,301 $3 075 301
Year established Lancement 1999 1999
(2017 data estimates) (Donnés;es estimées 2017)

Key Programs

Programmes principaux

Maternal and Newborn Health

SNEHA works with public hospitals to map and establish referral networks and promote appropriate care for pregnant women. SNEHA also collaborates with municipal health posts to standardize primary ante & post-natal services and to build the capacity of their outreach workers. Through home visits, community meetings, and community health committees, SNEHA engages pregnant mothers and their families to promote the use of public services and improve their knowledge of ante & post-natal danger signs, maternal nutrition, child feeding practices, and family planning methods. Over the last year, SNEHA assisted over 29,000 high risk pregnant women to deliver safely through SNEHA-initiated referral networks.

Prevention of Violence Against Women and Children

Through its crisis centers SNEHA provides immediate and long-term counseling to the victims of violence and facilitates access to medical, legal and police services. SNEHA also works with police officers and public hospital staff to train them on the needs of women and children in distress and to develop and implement protocols for public systems to promote provision of care for survivors. SNEHA established a community-based network of female volunteers who monitor the safety of women and children, and who work with men to prevent violence. SNEHA also introduced an app to crowd-source cases of violence. In the period 2016-2017, the program Addressed 13,000 cases of domestic violence.

Child Health and Nutrition

This program improves the health & nutrition status of children under 3 years of age through rigorous screening and early identification of malnourished children and a combination of hospital care, community-based support and regular follow-up. Last year, this project supported 74,310 beneficiaries achieving a 28% reduction in malnutrition among children under 3 years of age.

Sexual and Reproductive Health

In the last year, this program empowered 4,132 young girls and boys (11-24 years old) with the knowledge and capacity to make informed choices about their health and well being. The program is delivered by trained facilitators who are women from the same communities as the beneficiaries. The program combines classes on health and life skills education, vocational training and more.

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