Ashok Alexander joins as India Country Director – Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to establish Avahan, India’s HIV prevention program. In less than three years, Avahan became the world’s largest ever HIV prevention program, working in six states and over 600 towns.


The Lancet in 2013 estimated that Avahan averted over 600,000 infections, and the program was listed in the prestigious “Millions Saved” list of the Centre for Global Development.



Ashok sets up The Antara Foundation, drawing lessons of scaling from business used in Avahan (integrating supply and demand side measures, community driven) to solve maternal and child health issues in India.


Akshada is launched, Antara Foundation’s flagship program in the state of Rajasthan. Akshada was a three-way partnership between Tata Trusts, the Rajasthan Government and Antara Foundation, and began with a pilot in the two focus districts of Baran and Jhalawar.



Ayana is launched, Antara Foundation’s program in Rajasthan in partnership with Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), aimed at improving saliency of nutrition in Rajasthan.


Aayushi is launched, Antara Foundation's program in Sikar district, Rajasthan, supported by Bajaj Auto, with an aim to reduce under-five child mortality.

Akshada’s AAA platform intervention is accepted by the government for state-wide scale-up across Rajasthan’s 46,000+ villages through the government supervisory system, with technical handholding support from Antara Foundation.


Aadhya is launched, Antara Foundation’s pilot program in Chhattisgarh, supported by Aditya Birla Group. Aadhya aims to tailor and test select interventions in Mahasamund district.

Akshita is launched, Antara Foundation’s Madhya Pradesh program, supported by H. T. Parekh Foundation in Chhindwara district. Akshita works closely with the government in adapting the program design and interventions to Madhya Pradesh’s tribal context.


Antara International is incorporated in US with an aim to mobilize funds for deploying large-scale public health innovations, focusing on preventive health especially within the domain of maternal and child health, and nutrition. Antara International's funds are used to support the on-ground activities of its partner organization, The Antara Foundation, in India.

Akshita program’s footprint expands to four more districts in Madhya Pradesh, supported by various funders, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.