for Mother and Child has been working on issues of Health and
development across the various marginalized population – in rural and
urban setting. The target groups for our work have been communities at
large (Children, adolescent, youth, women/men) systems and policies.
The organisation has learned much during the course of this decade,
through its work with health and development issues, at various
levels. This has been reflected in terms of designing strategies and
directed interventions in order to realise the organisational mission.
It would not be an
exaggeration to say that the organisation has achieved national and
international acclaim in the field of health and development. Mamta is
in a special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council
of the United Nations. There are other national and international
awards that Mamta has to its credit.
I wish to reiterate the
fact that the expertise Mamta has gained in terms of undertaking
implementation programmes, policy initiative, research and advocacy
has been largely through the process of working with the community.
This process has not only helped us to enhance our understanding of
health and the related development issues, but has also enabled us to
define and refine the basic guidelines governing the organization.
During the year MAMTA has
taken up the challenge to take issues of quality across the project.
This has helped the institution to move into evidence based
programming and evolve quality input approach in most of the project.
This meant debating quality and hence defining standards in certain
projects. This is challenging task and the process has just begun, we
still need to go a long way to assume quality based indicators in
different projects. This also helped the organisation to reinforce
gender and rights in a major way across.
MAMTA continues to
reinforce its efforts on young people’s health and development through
different strategies. Through Networking and direct interventions it
has been able to effect changes in lives of youth in ten states of the
country. This effort continues to pose many challenges; but we are
sure with support of our network partners and various other
collaborating organisations we shall be able to take youth issue
especially in the area of reproductive and sexual health and rights in
In the last year MAMTA
has put in multi faceted approaches to seek collaboration at National
and International level to enhance the capacities of its personnel and
facilitate quality in different efforts. This has started showing
initial results. We need to consolidate these gains and convert this
for better community interventions. Our work with Health System is
gaining momentum. National and International Training programme are
moving in right direction.
We could not have
achieved all this without the support of communities, grass root
institutions, young people and the various Network/collaboration
institutions. For all these efforts we have had an excellent donor
support from Government of India, UN Agencies, bilateral agencies,
corporate houses and certain well meaning individuals. We continue to
seek cooperation of you all for all our efforts to achieve the health
and development of marginalized population.