SNEHA is a progressive organization that works closely with the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai. We do innovative work in the urban slums to reduce maternal mortality, newborn mortality, malnutrition and domestic violence. The core belief is that the cycle of ill health can and must be broken by creating an urban society whose foundation is built on a healthy and empowered populace. The organization began in the 1990s when Dr. Armida Fernandez and her team were assisting premature infants born in the urban slums and the realization that the homes that the infants were being born into would be a continuation of unhealthy practices that would ultimately perpetuate the cycle.
In order to combat this cycle of malnourished and premature births, Dr. Fernandez designed a solution based on empowering the women with vital information to help them create a healthier lifestyle for their families. With that objective in mind, a small team of neonatologists started going out into the slums of Dharavi to educate women on subjects like nutrition, natal care, the importance of delivering babies in hospitals, breast feeding and immunizations. The team realized that the women were starved for information; they just had no access to it in the past.