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Founded in 1996 as a Public Charitable Trust, the Sanjivini Trust positions itself as a resource group, targeting health education, primarily in government schools and urban slums. It addresses a variety of issues like primary childcare, reproductive health (ante, and post-natal), and the health of mother and child. In the belief that health is holistic, the members of this organisation tackle health care from various angles, including its psychosocial aspects.

Over the years, there have been numerous collaborations with other NGOs and the government, as well as with international agencies like UNICEF. Worth mentioning, apart from their daily input on the advocacy level, is their project at the Ambedkarnagar slum with the Rotary Club, Bangalore, in 1999.

The target group for this project was children with malnutrition below the age of five, and the training of slum women in the role of health animators, arming them with information and knowledge on primary childcare, which included immunization, malnutrition, prevailing attitudes and food taboos.

Sanjivini devised a novel way to tackle this problem: the production and distribution of a nutrition supplement, which would impact the community in a number of ways. The manufacture of this powder benefited not only the slum children, but provided some form of employment for the women, who still dedicate some days every month to making the supplement. Intervention programmes involved providing these children with activities and spaces filled with stimuli, both mental and physical. Helping the children in batches of 20, the project covered a total of 450 children, though this number has now fallen to 200 from a lack of funding.

In 1999, Sanjivini extended its reach by becoming a resource for child-to-child activities, and continues to provide health inputs for government projects, including Balwadi and Balasevika training (2001, 2002), training in the rural areas in collaboration with organisations like Outreach, APSA, Vistaar, ICRA, APD, ADD, IARA India, and Mobility India.

In 2003 Sanjivini was part of a pilot project, with UNICEF and the Government of Karnataka, involving village monitoring of available health services, with an emphasis on the health of the mother and child.

With Mobility India and the Child to Child Resource Group Network, Sanjivini is looking at the empowerment of designated village teams in ante and post natal care, and primary childcare, in Raichur, Bidar and Gulbarga.

In collaboration with the Belaku Trust, Sanjivini has produced two films on breast feeding and complementary feeding. They have developed a health manual for facilitators who might want to tackle intervention: Swastha Makkala Hechchegalu. They have, and can, make puppets to help illustrate their programmes, and also contribute to writing scripts for short films in the areas of focus.

A video was produced with FRESH on food hygiene, and another on family planning with SODWAC. At present, they are also a resource group for Samuha’s Kannada website, and an active member of FORCES.

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