UNI Partners Profiles

Amhi Amchya Arogyasathi (AAAS) is a not-for-profit organisation working towards bridging the issues related to women, Tribal, farmers and weaker sections through the community empowerment approach of ‘Let’s Find our Own Way‘ for the past 35 years. Formed in 1984 by Dr. Satish Gogulwar and Shubhada Deshmukh they were inspired by Gandhian and Vinoba’s perspective on addressing health problems in its ‘Wholeness of Life’ and not by administering medicines. The organisation is known for its role to build the capacities of the community for self-reliance and empowerment.

Foundation for Mother and Child Health (FMCH) was founded in 2006 as a grassroots organisation with the idea of bringing good health and nutrition intervention for women and children in vulnerable communities of Mumbai. The organisation launched its very first initiative in a slum-redevelopment building in South Mumbai in 2007.

Indian Social Service Unit of Education (ISSUE) mission is to organise, sensitise, and empower the poor in marginalised communities, especially deprived farmers, women and children. To respond to their issues, utilising their strengths and resources through collective education, health, reflection, action and co-ordination with the Indian government to bring forth changes for common benefit.

Voluntary Association for Community Health And Nurture (VACHAN) has been working for the last 43 years in Nashik. Having reached out to more than 600 villages to the tribal dominant population and focusing on the health of adolescents, mothers and children. Its mission is to empower the families living in selected geographical tribal areas, for minorities in urban areas for right to health, right to education, and better governance for dignified livelihood.

Since 1990, CCDT has actively addressed deprivation and marginalisation of communities and children in Mumbai’s slums, transforming over two million lives. In line with its vision of ‘A World Where Every Child Counts’, CCDT places children at the heart of all its programs.

CCDT’s Health Programs

1) HIV/AIDS: CCDT mitigates the impact of HIV/AIDS on families and children across every ward in Mumbai city. Affected, infected families are able to access testing, treatment and support services. Over 20,000 children have been served through CCDT’s HIV programs since 1995.

  • Home-Based Care Program: CCDT’s Home-Based Care program provides comprehensive care and support to families and children infected/affected by HIV. Over 8,000 families have been served through this program.
  • Residential-Care Program: CCDT implements a comprehensive residential care program for children in crisis, that are orphaned and vulnerable, through health and nutritional care, psychosocial support, education, sports, recreation, family life values and personality development. Over 540 children have been served through this program.

2) Maternal And Child Health & Nutrition: CCDT links communities with existing government health systems — to ensure safe motherhood and reduce malnutrition — by reaching out to children in the age group of 0-6 years, pregnant women, and lactating mothers.

  • Urban Nutrition Initiative: The Urban Nutrition Initiative (UNI), is based on the premise of ‘optimal results with minimum resources’ and aims to reduce malnutrition by reaching out to children in the age group of 0-2 years, pregnant women and lactating mothers. The project is being implemented in eight high-burden ICDS projects across Maharashtra, covering 847 Anganwadi centers.
  • Sahyog, Tribal Health: CCDT implements a health program for deprived-tribal communities to improve the health of pregnant women and lactating mothers, children between 0-6 yrs and adolescents aged 12-18 yrs. The program has served over 1,000 tribal families since 2014.
  • mMitra: CCDT implements a mobile-health program to advance reduction in mortality & morbidity of mothers, neonates, infants and children living in urban slums. The program has served over 60,000 pregnant women and lactating mothers across of Mumbai city, since 2014.


CCDT’s Child Protection Programs

CCDT safeguards the rights of children in need of care and protection through its Childline Program and Railway Childline Program across Mumbai suburbs. CCDT also works in a vulnerable slum pocket in Mumbai’s R-North ward to Build Safer Communities for children.

CCDT’s Adolescent Empowerment Program engages children and adolescents (aged 12—18 years) from marginalised slum clusters in Mumbai, with scarce opportunities for education and livelihood—who are exposed to violence, despair, substance abuse, and diseases—and encourages them to be catalysts of change in their own communities.