Maternal & Newborn Health Program :: "A Move to Healthier Communities"

NEEDS (Network for Enterprise Enhancement and Development Support) started the journey in 1998.The organization intervened to work with deprived communitiesin far-flung areas of Bihar and Jharkhand and played a significant rolein changing the lives of women, children & adolescents in terms of food security, sustainable livelihood, self-development and social empowerment. NEEDS igniting young minds and engagesthem for social change under volunteering and leadership programme which has been proved to be a successful model. NEEDS also experimented well with mobile phone for promoting health and nutritional messages among mothers which attracted the attention of the communities. The organization has direct interventions with communities and providing institutional services, capacity building, documentation and research, networking and advocacy. Communities, CBOs, NGOs, agencies, government departments, institutions, and academicians made significant contributions for the growth of NEEDS. NEEDs recognizes gender as a crosscutting theme across all sectors & commits to respect & promote the rights of the common person. The mission statementof NEEDS,"Sustained food and nutritional security of marginalized, especially women and children, through environmentally sound interventions, while considering equity and human rights" inspires the dedicated staffskeep moving. NEEDS treats all staffs as anasset and respect for them forms an inextricable part of the organization.

Vision that aspires us:

"Value based communities of dignified and informed citizens comprising significantly the erstwhile marginalized and the oppressed from the perennially unresponsive regions in place with pride"

Program Goal:

Making pregnancy safer to all women through community action by improving access and practice to reproductive health service and better sanitation practice in districts of Deoghar, Sahibgunj and Pakur by 2015


  • Improved access and quality of maternal and newborn health services as per IPHS norms in 9 CHCs by 2015
  • Reduction in maternal mortality by 25 % by 2015 in each of 3 model CHCs of Deoghar, Pakur and Sahibgunj(i.e. in 9 CHCs of 3 districts by 2015)
  • Decrease in neonatal mortality by 25% through improved home based care and health seeking behavior in participating family by 2015
  • Improved water and sanitary practice by participating families and inclusion of families with PWD in safe sanitation and hygiene practice coverage


  • Strengthening VHND services and improving the coverage- through community engagements
  • Providing counseling services
  • Strengthen district health action plan (DHAP) by strengthening the micro planning process of target villages of 9 CHC catchment villages.
  • Strengthen CHC data management and feedback mechanism
  • Develop Community and PRI leader`s leadership capability and engage them in community initiative and local advocacy.
  • Participation of VHC, PRI and Sahiyya in improving functions of anganwadi centres and demanding and accessing quality health services.
  • Quarterly Rapid Assessment of 9 CHCs and data feedback engaging community and experts, government representatives.
  • Strengthening Hospital Management Committee of 9 CHCs