The Antara Foundation (TAF) has a track record of scaling up. Two of TAF's key innovations – the AAA platform and enhanced frontline-worker record-books – were introduced by the Rajasthan government in all its 46,000 villages, directly impacting the lives of 60 million people – that is more than the population of California and Florida combined!
Convinced by the successful scale-up and early outcomes, TAF's donors, the Tata Trusts introduced the AAA platform in two new states – Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. These were big wins, and proof of the model’s impact and scalability.
Frontline workers trained on AAA platform
More malnourished children identified
Villages mapped at household, beneficiary level
Deliveries made safer to date
Workers use simplified registers
More high-risk pregnant women identified
Figures are based on estimates using publicly available sources, and from Antara Foundation’s monitoring system in Rajasthan
Learn more about TAF's impact through stories from the field.
Here’s how TAF's work helped 4-year-old Dhapu
In the village of Raniganj in Rajasthan, AAA (Auxiliary Nurse Midwife‒Accredited Social Health Activist‒Anganwadi worker) workers averted a child’s death from severe and acute malnutrition. The average weight of a four-year-old is typically between 10‒15 kilograms but Dhapu – a 4-year-old girl – weighed only four kilograms. Normally, this information would get buried due to poor record keeping, delaying immediate action; at worst, Dhapu might have been left out of records entirely.
With the AAA platform, the three frontline health workers were able to pool their information, identify the case, and investigate together. They soon realized that the grandmother was not willing to get the child treated as Dhapu was an unwanted girl-child. Dhapu’s parents had no say in this matter, even though they had lost their elder daughter to malnutrition. Ashutosh, Antara Foundation’s young field officer who helped identify the case, said, “I had never seen something this shocking in my life; I couldn’t sleep till the baby was saved.”
The AAA workers visited Dhapu’s home as a team, and counselled and convinced her family to get her treated at the Malnutrition Treatment Center (MTC). Seeing the baby recover in a matter of weeks, Dhapu’s grandmother had a change of heart. Once back from treatment, Dhapu’s mother regularly took her to the anganwadi (rural child care center) for follow-ups. Today, Dhapu is a healthy child – she called her mother ‘maa’ (mother) for the first time when she was five years old.
Watch the story of a day in the life of Pushpa Parini, an Auxillary Nurse Midwife, who delivers health services to eight tribal villages in