Maternal & Newborn Health
Maternal and Newborn Health is a program designed to influence the government to
provide better services for mothers and babies in slum communities.. This programme
also works with women in the community to ensure they access health care.
It partners with the public health system to strengthen primary health care and
to establish a city wide referral system for pregnant mothers across health posts,
maternity homes, small and large hospitals, in order to ensure survival of both
mother and baby.
Prevention of Violence Against Women & Children
Prevention of Violence against Women and Children aims to provide services through
crisis intervention and counselling to women and children facing violence in their
immediate environment. This programme also works with those who face problems due
to their sexual orientation, their disability and their occupation.
The Programme achieves this by working with slum communities forming empowered women's
groups. We also collaborate and network with the police and the legal system to
prevent, report and address violence
Child Health & Nutrition
The Program aims to reduce malnutrition in children in Mumbai's slums. This model
follows the cycle of prevention, early identification and treatment by improving
feeding practices of young children amongst mothers and establishing Day Care Centres
where severely malnourished children are treated.
It partners with the existing Govt Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) that
runs Anganwadis which addresses malnutrition in children under 6 years.
Empowerment, Health & Sexuality of Adolescents (EHSAS)
The Sexual and Reproductive Health program aims to empower adolescent girls and
married women in urban slums with the right information and skills that enable them
to make informed decisions about their health and in particular their sexual and
reproductive health and their family size.
The Adolescents Gaining Ground project works to orient adolescents to become self
- confident, well - informed and responsible decision makers of their general health
especially their sexual and reproductive health and to create advocates in the community.
The Family planning Program works with married women to help reduce unplanned pregnancies
and also works to increase the uptake of modern methods of contraception. This is
done through peer educators in the community.
SNEHA Centre is an integrated model of all the four programmes, i.e. MNH, PVWC SRH,
CHN to address the health of family esp. women and children in vulnerable slum communities
in Mumbai starting with M –East.
It networks with NGOs and liaises with Service providers such as Municipal Corporation
of Greater Mumbai, Police, and Integrated Child Development Scheme.
SNEHA Centre functions at the community level through group meetings with various
target groups, events and campaigns, and at individual level through home visits.
SNEHA Shakti is a bouquet of services for different demographics. SNEHA Shakti imparts
vocational skills to adolescent girls (Nurse - Aide project), holistic healthcare
to senior citizens, Out Patient Department (OPD) facilities, facilitating cardiac
care for children under 12 years (Heart to Heart project).
Stories of Change
Razia (name changed) is a resident of the Dhorwada community in Dharavi. Her story
began in 2003 when she married Santosh. Santosh, who had gone to the extent of converting
to Islam in order to marry Razia...
To build capacities across program staff at SNEHA in order to promote excellence
as also to facilitate employee engagement and to embed the culture and values of
SNEHA across the organization; also to be recognised as a training resource by the