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Improving universal health coverage and nutritional status

As per the World Health Organization, Better health is central to human happiness and well-being.

It also makes an important contribution to economic progress, as healthy populations live longer, are more productive, and save more. We abide by this statement.

The We Foundation is a best health care services NGO in India, works directly with the community, partners with the Local, State and Central Government, NGOs, Corporates and community-level groups

To ensure accessible, affordable, available, and acceptable primary health care services to the most vulnerable and marginalized children and women in both rural and urban settings.

We are one of the top best NGO in Kolkata that identifies the root causes of healthcare challenges, provides innovative solutions for quality health NGO in India.

Our focus areas are:

  • Addressing malnutrition: Stunting, Wasting and Obese children, adolescents and women
  • Screening and treatment of cancer patients
  • Mobile medical units, clinics and mhealth apps for greater access and quality care at the doorsteps
  • Infrastructure development (Health facilities and Integrated Child Development Scheme)
  • Health Camp: Eye, Dental and General
  • Health emergency situation such as COVID-19 crisis

All health and nutrition programmes are integrated with high risk assessment, evidence-based implementation strategy,

Capacity building of project stakeholders, development of IEC materials, Engagement of TV, Radio and Print media, involvement of Government, involvement of other key stakeholders.

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Impact Stories

Punarnava, Kolkata

Breast, ovarian and cervical cancer are among the most common types of cancer that affect women globally. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), a total of 2.3 million women were diagnosed with breast cancer globally in 2022.
The Need To Screen More Women For Cancer
This large number highlights the need for screening more women as early diagnosis of breast, ovarian and cervical cancer ensures higher survival rates. Preventive measures and early diagnosis of cancer are the best way for women to take control of their health.
Punarnava: Empowering Women Through Cancer Screening
In 2023-24, with generous support from TMILL-Tata Steel, The We Foundation, a health NGO, based in India, launched Punarnava, a women’s cancer screening and treatment project in Haldia, West Bengal. The project was specifically designed to help screen women for early diagnosis of cancer. Punarnava aimed to raise awareness about the different types of cancer, their symptoms, causes, and preventive measures. To date, The WE Foundation has screened over 1000 women in remote villages in and around Haldia.

Communities of women have formed to reduce the stigma and fear surrounding the disease. These are the women who were screened at the camp and now, these women have dedicated themselves to helping the cause of cancer prevention outreach.
Extending Reach and Impact through Punarnava
After the successful intervention in Haldia, Team The We Foundation is now scaling up to other districts in West Bengal and other states of India. This health NGO is implementing the best practices of the project in Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal, in 2024-25. The We Foundation is collaborating with ECGC Limited (A Government of India Enterprise) to reach over 5000 women in Kolkata, including 700 physically challenged women in slums and on the streets of Kolkata.

This project shall generate cancer-related awareness among women, including the importance of regular screening to ensure no discomfort is ignored. Early diagnosis of breast, cervical and ovarian cancer so that women have a higher chance of recovery.

The scaling up allowed Punarnava project by The We Foundation, a health NGO based in Kolkata, to reach the urban and rural pockets of India and provide underprivileged women with the necessary resources and knowledge to prevent and detect cancer early on. The project continues to grow and evolve, becoming a vital part of the fight against cancer in India.

Proper sanitation is crucial in schools as it creates a healthy and supportive learning environment. It promotes gender equity and ensures that students can access education without facing barriers related to hygiene and sanitation.

Schools that provide WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) facilities ensure that every child’s basic needs are met, creating a safe and healthy environment that is free from the risk of diseases. By offering hygienic sanitation facilities for both boys and girls, as well as special needs children, schools provide children with privacy and dignity. This, in turn, helps children to thrive and reach their full potential in school, without any anxiety or unpleasant experiences.

The WE Foundation proposes to improve sanitation infrastructure in schools in Kolkata, West Bengal through this project. The project will provide children with a safer and cleaner environment, preventing the contraction of communicable diseases. It will also develop the soft skills of students, teachers, and parents and institutionalize WASH committees in schools to generate awareness and maintain hygiene within school premises.

After The WE Foundation’s intervention, over 3000 students in Kolkata now have access to safe and hygienic sanitation facilities in their schools.

According to a report by ICMR for 2020-2022, cancer is predicted to affect more women than men in India. Over 1 million Indian women will be affected by cancer in the year 2025.

Exposure to harsh chemicals and pollutants in the air further increases concern. Air pollution is associated with different types of cancer including ovarian, breast and cervical cancer.

Menstruation isn’t impure. Is it? We started Project Atmashakti in Angul, Odisha to address such notions and to promote menstrual hygiene.

With the health of Odisha Livelihoods Mission, Angul Municipality and CSR support from Amritesh Private Limited, we launched Project Atmashakti to advance the cause of health and hygiene among girls and women in Angul, Odisha.

Poor alternatives to menstrual protection like newspapers and old rags increase the risk of infections such as urinary tract infections and bacterial vaginosis. It can also have direct implications on reproductive health. Therefore addressing these issues becomes extremely important.

Here’s a breakdown of how Project Atmashakti achieved its goal of sensitizing the women of Angul about menstrual health and hygiene.

On 25th February, The We Foundation, in collaboration with Tarasafe International- a CSR donor, has organized a Mega Health Camp comprising of five Doctors – General Physician, Opthalmologist, Dermatologist, Paediatrician and Dental in Howrah district of West Bengal.We are covering more than 500 underprivileged beneficiaries throughthe #megahealthcamp. The patients are receiving free health check up, free medicines and free eye glasses ( later on within 20 days) in the mega health camp. We are extremely thankful to #Tarasafe International for their support

Training of 100 MahilaArogyaSamiti (MAS) Group members in two phases in all 66 wards of Howrah Municipal Corporation (HMC), Howrah District

The Health Department of Howrah Municipal Corporation (HMC), with technical and administrative support from The We Foundation, has successfully completed first and second phases of training of 100 MahilaArogyaSamiti (MAS) Groups and Urban ASHA or Honorary Health Workers in 16 UPHCs. The Medical Officer in-charge (MOIC) and Health supervisors of urban primary health centres also participated.

In the first phase, three post-holders (Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer) each of 100 MAS Groups participated in the programme. In the second phase, all members of the MAS Group of 10-12 members participated in the training programme where they were introduced to health resource mapping, government health schemes, and critical health monitoring indicators and so on. The objective of the training was to build the capacity of government-recognized MAS members in areas of their day-to-day operations of health initiatives such as maternal and child health; immunization; nutrition; family planning and adolescent health; and water sanitation and hygiene (WASH). The programme also highlighted their roles and responsibilities as community- based health institution, the services that they should provide, importance of interdepartmental convergence for better access to services and how they can positively contribute to improvement of nutritional and health status of pregnant and lactating mothers; children in the age group of 0-6 years, to lay foundation of proper psychological, physical and social development of children in order to reduce the incidence of mortality, morbidity, malnutrition and school dropout, to enhance the capability of the mother to look after the normal health and nutritional need of the child and adolescent through proper nutrition and health & hygiene education.

Rotary Club of Calcutta and The We Foundation

The We Foundation with support from Rotary Club of Calcutta organized an awareness programme on “nutritious benefits of coconut water” and distributed 400 bottles of Real Fresh Coconut Water to poor slum children and pregnant women of Kolkata Dhapa area, behind J. W Marriot Hotel of Kolkata.

We all know that Coconut water is good for health as it has many nutritious benefits and yet a refreshing drink during the hot and humid weather.

The community people arranged dustbin and broomsticks to clean the area and ensured proper solid waste disposal of the bottles.

We enjoyed witnessing the happiness of children and pregnant women after having the nutritious drink in the hot, summer afternoon.

We found that the area is vulnerable to diseases and needs a general health check-up camp for the slum population.

Eye Camp with distribution of Glasses to all age-groups in Odisha.

The project supported eye screening of 1000 beneficiaries of different age-groups coming from remote rural areas where access to quality health is a major concern. The Camp was covered under leading print media as well.