Innovative business models making an impact on maternal and child health in India

ACCESS Health International has compiled 16 case studies of successful programs seeking to improve maternal and child health in India. Working alongside India’s Center for Emerging Markets Solutions, ACCESS has interviewed and observed some of the most established and appreciated organizations in India.

The report is aimed at inspiring health care providers, policy makers, researchers, and students interested in leveraging entrepreneurial practices to advance healthcare. This blog is a glance at four of these exciting organizations, their full case studies are available for download in the full report.

  1. Action Research and Training for Health (ARTH) is a non-profit research and training organization that serves mothers and children in southern Rajasthan. ARTH addresses issues of rural access and capacity building by supporting the development of clinics managed by nurses and midwives. With a growing clientele and retained quality of care, it has revealed a potential to reduce India’s dependence on medical doctors.

  2. Janani is a public-private partnership that has expanded the availability of contraceptive and family planning services in rural areas. The case study tracks the growth of this organization highlighting its use of a franchise model and a vast network of informal health providers.

  3. SEWA Rural was one of the first private sector organizations in India to enter into a public private partnership model to work with a Primary Health Center. Today the center is a 100-bed multi-specialty hospital focused on providing for the vulnerable tribal and poor populations in Jhagadia, Gujarat.

  4. Vaatsalya is a network of hospitals that aim to address gaps in access to care in India’s tier II and tier III cities. Currently operating 15 hospitals in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, the organization has scaled rapidly and has plans to open another 20 hospitals by 2015. The case study captures Vaatsalya’s growth and operations since 2005, highlighting its approach, financial sustainability, and future challenges.

The full report is available for download and is sure to serve as a valuable resource for your organizations, policy work or to further your exposure to innovative practices in India’s growing health market.