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Jharkhand Family Health Initiatives

  • Jharkhand, one of the poorest state in India, is poised to significantly improve maternal, newborn and child health outcomes by 2015.

  • The Family Health Initiative in Jharkhand, with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, catalyses a dynamic process of developing, testing, and scaling-up innovative solutions that transform frontline and first level facility family health services, dramatically increasing coverage and quality of life-saving interventions, improving survival and health for women, newborns and children throughout the state.

Jharkhand Health Sector Reforms (SWASTH)

  • As part of Sector Wide Approach to Strengthen Health in Jharkhand (SWASTH), CARE is providing Technical Assistance (TA) support to Government of Jharkhand (GoJ) to develop a comprehensive health sector reform, a nutrition policy and capacity building within the concerned departments.

  • ARKA’s approach to health sector reform makes concerted efforts to link improved health status to poverty reduction and human development. The overall strategy adopted by Arka under this initiative is to enhance understanding and acceptance of the sector approach in the government.

  • The project is divided into three phases: design; interim; and the implementation phase. The project is currently in the implementation phase, though the design phase focused on situational analysis in Jharkhand, and made policy recommendations, while the implementation phase focuses on developing ownership of the policy recommendations.

  • Key focus areas include: poor and vulnerable sections, health service delivery, nutrition service delivery, capacity building of health service providers, behaviour change, health financing, institutional development, and public-private partnership.

Urban Health Initiative (UHI)

  • UHI is designed to contribute to India’s efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of Universal Access to Reproductive Health by 2015.

  • Major strategies include: competitive voucher scheme with private sector for urban poor to purchase Family Planning (FP) services; testing Base of the Pyramids business models to engage urban poor in slums; demand generation by using mass, mid, traditional media and community mobilisation; advocacy to build a supportive policy environment.

ARKA collaborates with government departments to increase the scale, accessibility and sustainability of  programmes and services


ARKA strives to overcome discriminatory practices that prevent children from accessing and completing their education


ARKA's rural development programmes enable marginalised communities to access greater economic opportunity


With a close network of government and civil society partners, we act quickly to identify and fulfill community needs

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