The MaaaurShishuSwasthya (MASS) Project or Mother and Child Health Project, was started in 2016to improve the health of mothers, children and adolescent girls. Aikyatan Development Society (ADS) and Bandhan are the partners for this project. The objectives of MASS are to: a) increase knowledge b) increase access to effective and appropriate health services and products, and c) develop means to afford some of the impending health costs. The focus this year has been adolescent girls, 12,000 of whom have been trained. Significant improvement in the use of clean clothes and sanitary pads was observed.


​The field staff of Bandhan and ADS had been trained to a) impart health education at the community level b) strengthen the linkage between the partners and service providers c) impart MCH education using an in-house module to women members on menstrual hygiene to adolescent girls; and d) initiate health savings and health loans.The field staff of Bandhan and ADS had been trained to a) impart health education at the community level b) strengthen the linkage between the partners and service providers c) impart MCH education using an in-house module to women members on menstrual hygiene to adolescent girls; and d) initiate health savings and health loans.


Maa Aur Shishu Swasthya

Women from the project area were provided health education on acute respiratory infections of children, pregnancy and safe birth. The health education of FFHIT, designed in the form of ‘learning conversations’ and games, enable the women assess their experience, get and analyse new information and then commit to act upon the new messages or learnings received at the education session.

FFHIT helped partners to establish effective linkage with service providers, leading to 100% ANM, AWW and ASHA being involved in joint home visits and attending health education sessions in all the panchayat areas of ADS and volunteers being trained and compensated for their work in Bandhan areas. FFHIT focused on the continuous design of innovative options to deliver health interventions sustainably and mentoring the implementing financial and health institutions so that they can eventually run the programmes without external support. These are foundations to sustain MASS interventions beyond the project period.