SNEHA (Society For Nutrition Education And Health Action)

Works towards improving the public healthcare system and addressing malnutrition in mothers and children from urban informal settlements

  • Started: 1999
  • Mumbai, Maharashtra


SNEHA aims to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity and child malnutrition. It supports women victimised in gender-based violence throu Read moregh its centre for low-income vulnerable settlements and conducts multiple programmes involving individuals, communities, institutions and policymakers. It has coordinated and partnered with other non-governmental entities, Government bodies, academic, corporate, research, public health leaders, institutions and community-level workers to maximize its impact through various projects and programmes for community health, maternal and neonatal health and receives grants from other trusts and bodies to implement these projects. It has research partnerships with the Government, funders, and academic institutions and performs qualitative and quantitative research to contribute to public health and policy literature. It mentors research volunteers from national and international universities. It generates awareness in the community to improve healthcare for mothers and newborns. It operates mobile health clinics to improve health access and primary care services for underserved populations also working to prevent and treat communicable and non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, cold, diarrhoea and skin infections. It provides screenings, diagnoses, information and medicine for adolescent girls, women of reproductive age, pregnant women and infants.


It addresses issues related to the health and nutrition of pregnant women, mothers and their newly born children and empowers women and children against gender-based violence also generating awareness about health, the sexuality of adolescents and gender equality. Addressing gender-based inequities is an underlying area of focus across all programmes that SNEHA undertakes because this is often at the heart of health inequity in communities.


Works with care model intervening in the first 1000-day window for women and child (from the time of conception till the child’s second birthday). Involves other organizations as partners for the evidence-based models of health to improve maternal and child health.


  • Health
  • Gender
  • Child & Youth Development
  • Skill Development
  • Food & Nutrition


Works with over 300,000 women and children each year and indirectly reaches a population of 7,50,000 across Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority and has impacted society in the following ways: Assisted 42,595 pregnant women with potential complications, trained 827 health post staff on maternal and neonatal care on an average every year and trained 527 workers to address maternal and neonatal health on an average every year.


  • Empowerment, Health and Sexuality of Adolescents (EHSAS)

    Addressing the health and wellbeing of young people (aged 10-21 years) in urban informal settlements.

    Group education sessions on gender, reproductive health, citizenship, health and nutrition; mental health screening; training young people as ‘change agents’

  • Prevention of Violence against Women and Children

    Working with communities and public systems to address gender-based violence at the individual, community, institutional and policy levels.

    Awareness campaigns, crisis intervention, counseling support, training and sensitization of public systems staff through the following two interventions,
    1) Research and Scaling
    2) Strategy and Implementation

  • Romila Palliative Care

    Supporting patients and families suffering from life-limiting illnesses through facility and home-based care.

    Medical and psychological support to patients and families through facility and home-based care, caregiver support and grievance support from a multi-disciplinary team of doctors, nurses, counsellors and other specialists.

  • Maternal and Child Health

    Improving the health and nutritional status of women and children in urban informal settlements through the Continuum of Care approach
    1) AAHAR - Building awareness and mobilizing communities through a trained volunteer network; strengthening public systems through capacity building and convergence efforts
    2) SNEHA Centres - Working across the lifecycle on a continuum of care approach to address preconception care, planned parenthood, maternal health, nutrition, access to appropriate care, adolescent health, prevention of violence against women and children
    3) Healthy Cities Programme - Addresses preconception care, planned parenthood, maternal health, nutrition, access to appropriate care, prevention of violence against women and children and early childhood development
    4) Building Bridges - Working in partnership with the public health system in the BNMC area, to influence the quality of health care and bring change in the behavior of communities.

  • Public Systems Partnership

    Promoting maternal health and safe deliveries for women in vulnerable settlements.

    Strengthening primary healthcare; establishing and facilitating a maternity referral network; forming community health committees for informed action.

Registration Details

  • PAN Card


  • Registration ID
  • 12A


  • 80G


  • FCRA


  • CSR Form 1 CSR Registration Number



Project Location


Behind Building No. 11, BMC Colony Shastri Nagar, Santa Cruz West

Projects in States

West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi

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