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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

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

The Power of a 'Bindi'

TED talk by our Founder-Director

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 problems are well known. The missing ingredient in public health delivery is scale.

Know more about our thinking

Our Work

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

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

    These factors inform the design and implementation of our interventions and programs.

    Read more about our key interventions here

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    • Stanford
    • Aaa
    • Ayana Panel
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    Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition - Walking the walk, talking the talk.


    Our programs have been sponsored by Aditya Birla Group, Bajaj Auto, the Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), the H. T. Parekh Foundation, Tata Trusts, and The India Nutrition Initiative (TINI). Our sponsors have been active partners, offering their expertise and guidance.

    Read more about our partners


    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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