A COMMUNITY-BASED APPROACH TO IMPROVING MATERNAL AND INFANT WELLBEING
MIH Can is working with communities to implement several evidence-based strategies for improving maternal and infant wellbeing in India. These strategies include: 1). Training through seminars with our partners in India to share ideas and knowledge about best practices in improving MNCH (maternal and child health) and the development of a reproductive health manual for one of our partner organization; 2. Research by carrying out one study with one of our partners to build capacity and encourage new and novel approaches to ameliorating MNC; and 3. Innovation, by tackling low birth weight baby deaths through the creation of a thermal sleeping bag that is made of culturally appropriate fabric, which keeps babies’ temperature consistently high. Once designed, these sleeping bags will be sewn by local women’s groups and sold to those who can afford them and given freely to others.
Ultimately, MIH Can’s vision is to plant the seeds for a sustainable, long-term initiative that can be adopted by the local government to improve infant and maternal health across the country.
MIH Can is committed to achieving maternal and infant well being in India through collaborative partnership with local organizations including:
KIIT School of Public Health, whose vision is "to strengthen India's public health systems through institutional approach and provide in-depth knowledge in various domains of public health to achieve better health outcomes for all."
Common Health, whose goal is to "is to advocate for better access to and quality of maternal-neonatal health and safe abortionservices"
Masum for rural women in perennially drought- prone areas of Pune and Ahmednagar districts of Maharashtra state, whose activities include promoting "women's right to health and low-interest credit, confronting gender based violence, building a progressive perspective among young people and enhancing their rights in all areas of life".
SNEHA a centre for Nutrition, Education and Health Action, includes initiatives aimed at improving maternal and newborn health, preventing violence against women and children, improving child health and nutrition, and empowering adolescents.
CHETNAfor Women, Young People, Children--is a Centre for Health, Education, Training and Nutrition Awareness whose mission is " to empower children, young people and women, especially from marginalised social groups, so that they become capable of gaining control over their own, their families' and communities' nutrition, health and wellbeing."
Cehat, a research centre whose mission is to "undertake socially relevant research and advocacy projects on various socio-political aspects of health".