Thinking

Aa 10

The story so far”

From Ashok's desk

The genesis of The Antara Foundation (TAF) story dates back to 2003. I left McKinsey for an offer that could not be refused. It was an opportunity to lead the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in India and spearhead Avahan, a program that would become the world's largest private HIV prevention program. Through this experience, I became convinced that the lessons we were learning in scaling up were universal. I started TAF in pursuit of this belief.

At TAF, we believe that there are known solutions to most problems in public health delivery in India. The real challenge is the delivery of these solutions at scale. This involves frontline supply management, creation of consumer demand and building an enabling environment.

Scale requires partnership with a visionary state government and a donor with commitment and imagination. In March 2015, we partnered with the Government of Rajasthan and Tata Trusts to start Akshada, a program to improve maternal and child health and nutrition outcomes in Rajasthan. Under Akshada, few interventions were piloted in 2700 villages in Jhalawar and Baran districts. In  three years, three of these interventions ( Rationalised registers, AAA and Integrated AAA app) have been adopted by the State Government for scale-up across the state.

Alongside, our Ayana  program in partnership with the Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), raised saliency for nutrition in Rajasthan by bringing together Government, corporates, media and other stakeholders. In our youngest program Aayushi, we are working on innovative interventions with Bajaj Auto in the Sikar district.

We have come a long way but much remains to be done. India's health outcomes continue to be abject.

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Ashok

April 2018

  • Bg
  • Akshada
  • Dc Sp Conf
  • Register
  • Nutri Symp
  • Stanford
  • Csr Summit
  • Rajsangam

A journey of a lifetime packed into three years

Model 2

Public Health Delivery at Scale”

Our Model

Our Model

Solutions to several public health problems are known. Methods to scale-up delivery of these solutions is not widely understood. Antara Foundation's shared belief is that scale is the missing ingredient in public health delivery.

We believe in active partnership with the Government. The idea is to work with and through the public health system, and strengthen it. We have learned from experience that for interventions to be truly sustainable, ownership must vest with the Government or the community.

We pride ourselves on being close to the community and getting dirt under our fingernails. Problem-solving begins in the field.

Our belief is that scale can be achieved in many public health contexts by working on three sets of factors: supply, demand and enabling ecosystem. 

Supply

Build health workers’ capacity, create technology for data management and strengthen facilities

Village-level data visualisation through maps

Demand

Create active and aware consumers at the village level, with individual and collective bargaining power

Adolescent girls visiting young mothers in their mohalla

Enabling Ecosystem

Create an enabling environment to garner support from stakeholders, remove barriers to health delivery, and strengthen policy

Frontline workers discuss nutrition with policy makers