“Niramaya” in Sanskrit (an ancient language from the Vedas) means “freedom from illness”. Niramaya is found in a chanted phrase
“Om Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah,
Sarve Santu Niramaya,
Sarve Bhadraanni Pashyantu,
Which means: “May all beings be happy, May all be healthy, May people have the well-being of all in mind, May no body suffer in any way.”
Motivated by an understanding that children learn better when they are healthy, ‘Pratham Mumbai’ began basic health interventions for its Balwadi (pre-school) children in August 1999. As the scope of the health program expanded, this health effort evolved into a separate entity now referred as the “Niramaya Health Foundation” which was formally founded in June 2001.
Basically, Started with one agenda of children’s healthcare, Niramaya now has expanded its work in various horizons of healthcare.
Since Niramaya’s inception in 2001, the health care activities have broadened beyond child health to women’s health and nutrition to good health for all. Niramaya has also expanded the range of the healthcare activities from curative to preventive and promotive healthcare. In all these years, Niramaya has developed effective and sustainable healthcare programs.
Geographically, Niramaya currently works in the urban slums of Mumbai and rural and tribal communities of Maharashtra. Niramaya was also working with various communities in the cities of Pune, Surat and Delhi, and in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. Each year Niramaya reaches to more than 10 lakhs population living in slums of Mumbai.
Niramaya Health Foundation is committed to ensuring a disease free childhood for a healthy and responsible adulthood.
Our twin missions are to fight for an anemia free world for the children of India, and to sensitize adolescents on their reproductive rights and sexual health.
We have turned our focus towards creating a Strategic Programming Framework within the organization for getting in tune with present day scenarios. With this in mind, we have encapsulated four thematic areas;