The Antara Foundation

Public health delivery at scale

In 60 seconds


Maternal and child health - maternal deaths, under-5 mortality, malnutrition among children


  • Health of India's mothers and children is among the worst in the world
  • Known solutions, require knowledge of scaling up


  • Partnering with frontline workers and village communities
  • Simultaneously managing supply, demand and advocacy
  • Working with and through government
  • Massively leveraging donor funding


  • A young entrepreneurial team passionate about making a huge difference to some of India's worst health outcomes, backed by cross-sectoral experience
  • Mentored by Arjun Malhotra and Bill Gates

Where and since when:

Rajasthan, 2015

Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, 2019

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Beside service providers. By the community. With the Government. In the field. At scale.

Our Thinking

Ashok Alexander started Antara Foundation, drawing on his experience of leading the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Avahan, the world's largest HIV prevention program. The founding belief is that solutions to public health problem are well known. The missing ingredient in public health delivery is scale.

Our Work

To achieve scale, we work on three sets of factors:

  1. Demand side: Getting the community to demand public health services
  2. Supply Side: Building frontline effectiveness, leveraging data and technology
  3. Enabling ecosystem: Establishing collaborative relationships with Government and other stakeholders

These factors inform the design and implementation of our programs in Rajasthan: Akshada, Aayushi and Ayana. Select interventions from the Akshada program have been scaled up across Rajasthan. Ayushi program continues to operate in Sikar, Rajasthan. The Ayana program was terminated in 2017 after meeting key objectives.

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Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition - Walking the walk, talking the talk.


Our programs have been sponsored by Bajaj Auto, Tata Trusts, The India Nutrition Initiative (TINI) and the Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF). Our sponsors have been active partners, offering their expertise and guidance.


WE are a young, diverse and entrepreneurial group.

WE are actively mentored by eminent leaders.

WE are grateful for the opportunity to serve.

WE actively solicit feedback and are driven by it

WE have dirt under our fingernails

WE apply business thinking to social problems

WE do serious work.

WE do not take ourselves too seriously.

WE are The Antara Foundation.

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