We bridge the gap between rural communities and primary healthcare - ensuring access, awareness and knowledge, along with an enhanced 'health seeking' behaviour.
Maternal Health - Farakka
Excellence Award in the Concern for Health
With NCDs responsible for 47% of deaths in India, and with diabetes, hypertension and heart disease on a rampage across the country, ACF’s rural communities are taking a preventative approach - and fostering ‘wellness’ via dietary and lifestyle changes, health seeking behaviours, along with early intervention. Working in collaboration with the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, ACF is working on an action research project identify individuals with high risk of Non-Communicable Diseases.
patients under the NCD program
villages under the NCD program
villages covered with COPD and Asthma project
villages added to Mental health –Atmiyata Project
Long before the advent of Swachh Bharat, ACF was on a mission to build toilets and transform the sanitation of rural communities in its reach. By empowering local women, providing revolving funds, advocating the benefits of sanitation and linking people to government schemes, ACF has helped build 37,116 toilets and create 157 open defecation free villages.
villages Open Defecation Free
coverage of toilets
toilet blocks repaired in schools
An army of women, trained as community health volunteers, are transforming the health of communities, thanks to the ACF Sakhi Program. With a focus on maternal and child health, non-communicable disease and malnutrition, Sakhis have been instrumental in reducing neonatal mortality rates thanks to increased institutional delivery, promoting COVID-19 protection measures and bridging the gap between rural communities and primary healthcare.
involved in COVID-19 work
educational messages disseminated
children reached through malnutrition program in Dadri
children reached through malnutrition program
In 2014, Farakka West Bengal, the neonatal mortality rate was incredibly high – 43.85 out of every 1000 – compared to a national rate of 28. Troubled, ACF’s health team got to work. And in just 2.5 years the institutional delivery rate increased from 28.57% to 85.07%, infant mortality fell from 39.47% to 24.3% and neonatal mortality fell from 43.85% to 27.77%.
average institutional deliveries across locations
villages with Home based neonatal care
pregnant women supported
early registration for ANC services
linked with maternal benefit schemes
Reduction in low birth weight babies