Our vision is a world free of poverty in which every individual has the freedom and power to create and sustain a just society in which to live.
Our mission is to empower the poor to participate in and benefit from the Indian growth process through integrated action in the fields of primary health, elementary education, financial inclusion and sustainable livelihood. This will be achieved through active collaboration with the government and independent organisations.
In the area of primary health, our goal is to improve the delivery of health services to remotely located and low-income individuals and families.
Strengthening Convergent Action for Reducing Child Undernutrition
ICICI Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Women and Child Development, Government of Rajasthan to workin Shahabad and Kishanganj blocks of Baran district. The foundation will implement the Strengthening Convergent Action for Reducing Child Undernutrition project for the next three years.
Nutrition Security Innovations Programme
The Nutrition Security Innovations Programme in Chhattisgarh was initiated within the existing Swasthya Mitanin Programme (community health worker programme) in partnership with the State Health Resource Centre, to deepen the impact of community health workers and to bring about convergence between health interventions of the Mitanin Programme and the nutritional interventions of the Integrated Child Development Services. This includes behaviour change communications to improve child caring and feeding practices and counselling on nutrition. Conducted across 23 blocks in 11 districts of Chhattisgarh, the programme concluded in March 2011. The success of programme has prompted the state to replicate specifics of the programme and other nutrition and communication strategies. .
District Action Health Plans
For the third consecutive year, ICICI Foundation has worked with Public Health Resource Network and National Health Systems Resource Centre to support the preparation of District Health Action Plans in every district in Bihar. These plans enable proper assessment of the available resources and requirements of the public health system so that central government funding can be allocated on an informed basis and health programmes can be implemented in a planned and effective manner.
Village Health Committee-Sahiyya Resource Centre
ICICI Foundation has worked in partnership with the Government of Jharkhand to establish the Village Health Committee-Sahiyya Resource Centre to train and support Sahiyyas (community healthcare workers) in all districts in the state. Innovative and contextualised training materials and modules have been developed, so that the training is relevant, comprehensiveand informative. Over 40,964 Sahiyyas have been trained with this new training material.
Developing new products for outpatient healthcare
With an aim to lower the out-of-pocket healthcare expenses, ICICI Foundation has partnered with ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company to design and support the delivery of the first outpatient insurance product for India’s poor. This is being offered in conjunction with the Government of India’s national health insurance scheme for inpatient care, The Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana.
City Initiative for Newborn Health
This action-research study, aimed at lowering maternal and newborn morbidity and neonatal mortality among slum communities in Mumbai. It covered a population of approximately 400,000 spread over 24 slum clusters across 6 wards in the city and sought to mobilise the community to improve maternal and neonatal care practices and care seeking.
Mumbai Maternal Nutrition Project
ICICI Foundation supports the Mumbai Maternal Nutrition Project, a randomised controlled trial on maternal and child health. The study tests the impact of enhancing micronutrient quality in women’s diets from before conception to delivery by examining women’s health, foetal growth and their children’s development. In 2010-2011, the project succeeded in achieving its target of enrolling more than 1,000 pregnant women and documenting nearly 700 births.
Working with Self Help Groups: Kalanjiam Foundation Project
The past decade has witnessed the emergence of many micro finance institutions (MFIs), most notably, a nationwide attempt, pioneered by nongovernmental organisations, and supported by the state, to create links between commercial banks, NGOs, and informal local groups -“self-help groups”.
The first of the initiatives under technical research in nutrition is the Mumbai Maternal Nutrition Project/ Project SARAS, a research partnership between the Medical Research Council, University of Southampton, UK, SNEHA – India (Society for the Natal Effects of Health in Adults), and the Centre for the Study of Social Change, Mumbai.
MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH
Healthy Lokshakti is an initiative to reduce newborn and infant deaths by ensuring that women receive good healthcare during and after pregnancy and medical assistance during delivery. It focuses on strengthening the government health care delivery systems at the community, block and district levels.
ICICI Foundation in partnership with ICICI Lombard Insurance Company launched a three-year project for truck drivers at Transport Nagar in Nigdi, Pune. Aimed to increase the health-seeking behaviour among long-distance truck drivers and improve their knowledge of road safety, the two-pronged project offers health solutions through the newly established Apna Clinic and creates health awareness through counselling and training.