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Conversations that transcend borders

Posted on: July 8, 2014
By: Ritika Pandey
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Odisha Chief Minister distributing Mobile Kunjii to ASHAs

At the launch of Mobile Kunji and Mobile Academy in Odisha, I revisited the question that had been on my mind through the six years I have worked in the development sector: What are the key ingredients of a compelling conversation, one that can lead to active change? So what are these ingredients? A starting [...]

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Transforming family health in India: lessons learned

Posted on: June 23, 2014
By: Radharani Mitra
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Over the past three and a half years, a large team of over 250 people has been hard at work on an ambitious project that aims to improve family health in Bihar, one of the poorest and most populous states in India. This month about 60 of us came together to take stock of all [...]

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Dialing up change and hope

Posted on: June 19, 2014
By: Tanmay Guha Roy
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Sulekha Devi, ASHA, flaunts her Mobile Academy certificate

We were delighted at the lunch table when a colleague from Bihar narrated this story. There was a Community Health Worker (CHW), who was reluctant to show up at a Mobile Academy certificate distribution ceremony, because it conflicted with a wedding celebration at her village. But, when she heard that the District Magistrate would be [...]

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“I want to be like Mehendi…”

Posted on: May 26, 2014
By: Antara Gupta
Categories: People, Social Awareness |Tags: , , ,

Adolescent girls who aspire to be Mehendi

Last weekend, I was with 64 of my colleagues attending the Shaping Demand and Practices retreat. We looked back on the last three years of this enormous and complex project. We took stock of the highs and lows, the successes and challenges. Lots of people recounted their experiences and in the evening when we were [...]

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Stories of the health frontline, Bihar

Posted on: April 9, 2014
By: Wasim Ahmed
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Poonam Kumari, ASHA holding Mobile Kunji

The World Health Worker Week (April 7 – 11) aims to support, appreciate and raise awareness about the important role of Community Health Workers (CHW). I want to celebrate this week by sharing my stories about some of the CHWs we have been working with in Bihar – their challenges, their triumphs, their highs and [...]

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