India

Through Freedom from Hunger India Trust, we make financial services and health information more accessible and affordable to underserved households.

Project: Maa aur Shishu Swasthya (Mother and Child Health)

In partnership with Johnson & Johnson, this project is based on the Microfinance and Health Protection framework developed by Freedom from Hunger to promote and support good health through an integrated set of services - health and nutrition education, health financing and microinsurance, linkages to health providers, and access to health products.

Maa aur Shishu Swasthya project works with many partners and service organizations across India to increase their understanding and practice of integrating health and financial services as a means to empower poor women to meet their health needs and those of their children.

The project works with poor women to improve health-seeking behavior, facilitate links to health providers, and explore health financing mechanisms. And importantly, it includes adolescent girls, delivering health and life skills training through learning games.

Learn more about the Microfinance and Health Protection framework.

Project: Rajasthan Nutrition Project

In partnership with the Barr Foundation, this project builds on the growing self-help movement in Rajasthan state in India. It is being implemented in the areas of Banswara and Sirohi where the populations are at particularly high risk for under-nourishment, and maternal and infant mortality. Over half of women and adolescent girls suffer from anemia and more than one-third of children under the age of five are stunted. Good nutritious food is an ever-pressing necessity.

The program has trained more than 2,500 Community Nutrition Agents in Rajasthan. These agents have worked with 8,000 members of women’s savings groups, using these intimate gatherings as opportunities to teach the women how to fight malnutrition and give their children the best chance possible of a healthy future.  The project links health, nutrition, agriculture, and gender to connect more poor women to available services.