SNEHA (Society For Nutrition Education And Health Action)

Works towards improving health, nutrition and safety of women, children and adolescents living in marginalised communities of urban India

  • Started: 1999
  • Mumbai, Maharashtra


SNEHA's objective is to decrease maternal and neonatal mortality, morbidity rates and combat child malnutrition. To achieve this, the organisation pro Read morevides assistance to women affected by gender-based violence through its centres located in low-income vulnerable settlements and carries out a range of programmes involving individuals, communities, institutions, and policymakers. SNEHA collaborates with non-governmental organisations, Government entities, academics, corporates, researchers, public health leaders, institutions, and community-level workers to enhance the effectiveness of its projects and programmes related to community health, maternal and neonatal health, and receives grants from various trusts and organisations to implement these projects. Additionally, the organisation works in partnership with the Government, funders, and academic institutions to conduct qualitative and quantitative research that contributes to public health and policy literature. SNEHA also mentors research volunteers from national and international universities, creates awareness among the community to improve healthcare for mothers and newborns, and operates mobile health clinics to offer better access to primary care services for underserved populations. Furthermore, SNEHA's efforts extend to preventing and treating communicable and non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, colds, diarrhoea, and skin infections. It also provides screenings, diagnoses, information, and medicines to 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. SNEHA focuses on the removal of gender-based inequities in all its programmes because it believes that such inequities are frequently at the root of health disparities within 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.


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

Sub Sectors

  • Health & Family Welfare
  • Nutrition
  • Vocational Training
  • Women Empowerment
  • Youth
  • Tuberculosis
  • Mental Health
  • Child Rights

Demographies Served

  • Youth
  • Women
  • Children
  • Adolescents


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)

    Thane, Mumbai

    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

    Thane, Mumbai

    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

    Thane, Mumbai

    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.

  • Public Systems Partnership

    Thane, Mumbai

    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.

  • Maternal and Child Health

    Thane, Mumbai

    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 Bhiwandi (Thane), to influence the quality of health care and bring change in the behavior of communities.

Impact Metrics

  • Assisted high risk pregnant women with potential complications

    Program Name

    The Maternal and Newborn Health (MNH)

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2018-19 13112
    • 2019-20 5912
    • 2020-21 2429
  • Reached adolescents to address key health issues, emotional resilience, sex, gender and civic education

    Program Name

    Empowerment, Health and Sexuality of Adolescents (EHSAS)

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2018-19 4092
    • 2019-20 3847
    • 2020-21 362
  • Assisted married women of reproductive age (MWRA)

    Program Name

    Sneha Centres Programme

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2018-19 1811
    • 2019-20 5321
    • 2020-21 5411

Leadership Team

  • Dr. Shanti Pantvaidya

    Executive Director

  • Archana Redkar

    Chief Operating Officer

  • Vanessa D'Souza

    Chief Executive Officer


Registration Details

  • PAN Card


  • Registration ID


  • 12A


  • 80G


  • FCRA


  • CSR Registration Number



Project Location


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

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