Brief on the Organization:
The Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) is working towards building a healthier India. It is helping to address the limited institutional and systems capacity in India by strengthening education and training, advancing research and technology and facilitating policy and practice in the area of Public Health. PHFI is headquartered in New Delhi with national presence through its constituent units of regional Indian Institutes of Public Health (IIPHs) and Centres of Applied Research in core public health themes. The Foundation, established in 2006 as a public private initiative, is governed by an independent board comprising of senior government officials, eminent Indian and International academic and leaders, civil society representatives and corporate leaders. For more information, please visit the website www.phfi.org.
The Public Health Foundation of India is leading an initiative, that aims to develop and scale up evidence-based interventions to achieve the goal of improving RMNCHN health behaviors through demand based platforms of women groups in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. The project seeks to layer health programs on women’s platforms promoted by NGOs and micro-finance institutions created around micro-finance to increase knowledge, enhance skills and promote improved behaviour and practices for safer pregnancies, new-born care & child health reducing mortality outcomes in mother and children.
India accounts for 19% of all global maternal deaths and nearly 20% of the world’s child deaths. About 40 percent of India’s maternal and neonatal deaths occur in just two states: Uttar Pradesh (U.P) and Bihar. Both U.P & Bihar are one of India’s most populous states, and its health and development indicators point to a reinforcing cycle of poverty and poor health. The Global strategy for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health (2016–2030) calls for action towards three objectives for health: survive (end preventable deaths), thrive (ensure health and well-being) and transform (expand enabling environments). The project is an ambitious attempt to address the challenge of scale in helping people to survive-thrive-transform through an alternative demand generation platform so that women and children can realize their rights to the highest attainable standards of health and well-being. The project would work with established women groups promoted by micro-finance institutions to realize the health goals.