Building healthy communities

ADRA India reached 7 lakh people in 2020 alone through its Health Portfolio

The health of people is important to the growth of a nation, and ADRA India is working to ensure equal access of health services to all. Through its health programmes, ADRA India has been helping people in need gain access to essential health, nutrition and WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) facilities.

What we do

ADRA India works with communities through our community and health strengthening approaches; with the government bodies through advocacy, demand generation, capacity building; and with our peers to empower effective partnerships.

Our programmes are targeting the most important aspects of health including:


One Health

ADRA’s PRECISE project will ensure that all actors engaged in livestock will be sensitized and trained on “One health approach” for improved animal, human and environmental health. Farmers and veterinary service providers will be sensitized on One health approach and climate adaptive dairy cattle. Veterinarians and para veterinarians will be sanitized to use antibiotics in a controlled manner and complete the course of antibiotics to reduce AMR. Farmers engaged will sensitized on safe, hygiene dairy cattle rearing and production and safe handling of milk to avoid transmission of zoonotic disease.

The project will also encourage farmers to use innovative ways to reduce carbon emission from dairy cattle production and reduce greenhouse gas emission.


ADRA contributes toward improving RMNCH+A in the states of Assam and Uttar Pradesh. ADRA supports Government of India’s efforts in Uttar Pradesh, Haridwar and the Tea Gardens of Assam, and strengthens community and facility based RMNCH services. The approach aims to increase these services through demand-generation activities and improved access to the services at community and facility level.

ADRA supports the Government-led Immunisation programmes in Uttar Pradesh, Haridwar and Assam. Through innovative Social Behavioural Change Communication tools and methods the community mobilisers strengthen the routine immunisation and SIA rounds. Through support and capacity building of SHGs (Self Help Groups), the team targets high risk group and LODOR families (Left out, dropout and resistant) to to achieve 90% coverage for full immunisation.

Tuberculosis Control

ADRA India worked for nine years starting 2006 on government’s Tuberculosis control programme in Bihar, initiating action on advocacy, communication and social mobilisation (ACSM) of community. Supported by USAID and Global Fund, ADRA’s work was spread across 10 districts of Bihar. The project focused on case finding and diagnostics, alliance with private practitioners by the way of sensitisation, capacity building and linkage with the government TB Cell, community awareness and nutritional support to TB patients.

Polio Eradication

ADRA India began implementation of the Polio Eradication Initiative (PEI) as the preceding Polio Eradication Programme, and then continued with the PEI programme as a partner of the Child Survival Collaboration and Resources group (CORE) since 1999. Since then, ADRA India has been implementing the CORE Group Polio Project (CGPP) with funding support from USAID through the Consortium, which has contributed to historic public health achievement of making India “polio free”, as certified by WHO on 27th March 2014. ADRA’s team used community mobilization and participatory approaches using behaviour change communication, trainings and advocacy models for community support towards strengthening Routine Immunisations (RI).

ADRA has been involved in strengthening national and regional immunisation systems to continue and sustain the efforts of Polio free India by planning and implementing supplemental polio immunisations, case detection and reporting, sensitisation of community health workers, and devising ways to improve the quality of polio eradication activities.

Sexual and Reproductive Health

ADRA India is actively engaged to develop behavioural and skill-based competencies among adolescent girls, by educating them and spreading awareness about Sexual and Reproductive health hygiene. Girls in the tea gardens of Assam are sensitised about the basic need for hygiene during menstruation through regular meetings and a fun filled curriculum that includes poem recitation, dance and songs. In Collaboration with Assam State Rural Livelihood Mission (ASRLM), a low cost sanitary unit is established in the tea garden of Assam, which is operated and managed by the SHG unit.


Through its programmes on hand washing ADRA is engaged in soft skill training for improving the WASH behaviour in the community and school children. Through its ‘Banega Swasth India’ and ‘Handwashing Education for restoration of Overall Sanitation (HERO’S)’ programmes, teachers and school children are trained on specially designed curriculum on hygiene and basics of handwashing and further spreading the message to the community.

COVID-19 Support

ADRA has supported the Government to spread awareness through “Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE)” strategy during the Covid-19 pandemic. Community leaders and influencers were trained to spread the correct messages for Covid-19, and mitigate rumors and fear in the community. ADRA supported the health department during the outbreak of the pandemic in mitigation of rumours and counselling of patients, and further are supporting in the vaccination roll-out programme.

Ongoing Projects


Core Group Polio Project

India celebrated the sixth successive year since WHO certified the country as free from wild poliovirus on 27 March 2014. To maintain the status of a polio-free country, ADRA has ensured that all children under 5 years of age, including newborns, receive OPV doses in all supplementary immunization activity (SIA) rounds. Also, to strengthen routine immunisation coverage of the population, intensified community mobilization efforts are being implemented under the CORE Group Polio Project (CGPP) in three districts of Uttar Pradesh state - Baghpat, Bareilly and Rampur.


FRESH HOPE - A Hygiene and Livelihood Initiative

“FRESH HOPE for girls” aims to bring change among the tea tribe girls and women by breaking the vicious cycle of ill health and poverty through a combination of health education and health-promoting livelihood options in the tea gardens of Assam. Also, many girls during their adolescent years quit school or miss school every month due to hygiene constraints and the “shame” associated with menstruation.
Learn More

CLOSED Projects


Empowering Community-Based Institutions to Increase Vaccine Confidence and Routine Immunization Demand

ADRA India is working with Self-Help Groups (SHGs) and Village Health Sanitation and Nutrition Committee members in rural areas and Mahila Arogya Samities (MAS) in Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh to reduce vaccine hesitancy and enhance greater community participation to increase FIC (Full Immunization Coverage) and handwashing with soap.


Banega Swasth India

Hand washing has been considered a world-changing innovation in public health capable of significantly reducing disease burden globally. Soap is an ancient invention, but the connection between handwashing and health was made less than two centuries ago. The latest global estimates by UNICEF suggest that 3 billion people do not have access to soap and water at home, over 800 million children do not have access to soap and water at school, and 32 per cent of health care facilities are not equipped to practice hand hygiene at points of care Evidence from research suggests that hand-washing practices differ with location, caste, income categories, education, and gender.

NEWS & Case Studies