May 2005

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MAMTA-Health Institute for Mother and Child (HIMC)
MAMTA Health Institute for Mother and Child, New Delhi, is a national level NGO committed to integrated health and development issues in the context of poverty, gender and rights with 'life cycle approach'. It has a special focus on issues of health and development pertaining to young people. The organisation initiated its work in an urban slum, Tigri (Delhi) in 1990 by providing clinical services to women and children with an aim to enhance their health status and improve pregnancy outcomes. Over a span of fourteen years, the organisation has evolved to expand its operations into areas of adolescent health, education, entrepreneurship development and empowerment of young people with a thrust on community participation for better health outcomes. The organisation has also remained instrumental in driving the agenda of policy intervention on issues of reproductive sexual health of adolescents and young adults.

Training and research are among the strength areas of the organisation. Supported by Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), the organisation had the honour of conducting two successive advanced training courses in reproductive and sexual health and rights of young people for bureaucrats, policy makers and civil society constituencies from the countries of South and Southeast Asia.  A similar training programme, supported by United Nations Population Fund  (UNFPA), was conducted in China in April 2005.

Mamta is also working in Bangladesh under the RHIYA Project (Reproductive Health Initiative For Adolescents and Young People) of UNFPA. MAMTA has been conferred the Global Safe Motherhood Award by White Ribbon Alliance, USA. MAMTA is also in special consultative status with United Nations Economic and Social Council. In India, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has designated MAMTA as a regional resource centre in Reproductive and Child Health for the states of Haryana, Punjab and the Union Territory of Chandigarh. MAMTA has developed 'Adolescent Health and Development Module' for Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. This module has been translated in thirteen languages and 6,00,000 copies have been printed. Supported by Macarthur Foundation, MAMTA has developed five training modules on adolescent health and development. MAMTA has also given technical support to Youth Parliament on HIV/AIDS, organised by National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) and UNAIDS, in November 2004. On the basis of frequently asked questions by young people, MAMTA was approached by NACO to prepare a Ready Reckoner on HIV/AIDS. MAMTA is also in active collaboration with National Institute of Health and Family Welfare (NIHFW) for conducting trainings and capacity building programmes. MAMTA has also established a web based dynamic database on young people (10-24 years) which is available online (www.yrshr.org). This provides collated data, which is age and sex specific.

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