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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