RMNCH Coalition formed by Order of Government of India

MAY 2012 | NEW DELHI, INDIA – Through an Order from the Government of India, the Ministry of Health and Famly Welfare has created a Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Coalition (RMNCH) . The Coalition is the first of its kind in relation to RMNCH and has a mandate to provide and advocate for policy and programme directions to achieve improved RMNCH outcomes in India. Members include both central and state Government agencies, Academia, Research and Training Institutes, Health Care Professional Associations, local bodies (Panchayats and Hagarpalikas), Non-governmental Organizations, Civil Society Organizations, Media, Corporates, bilateral and multilateral donors and United Nations Agencies.

The Chairperson of the Coalition is Ms. Anuradha Gupta, Additional Secretary and Mission Director - NRHM, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, the Co-chairperson, Mr Manoj Jhalani, Joint Secretary, RCH, and Dr Ajay Khera as Member Secretary, who is Deputy Commissioner, Child Health & Immunization. The Secretariat will be based at Save the Children India, and Co-ordinator of the Coalition Secretariat will be Dr Rajiv Tandon, Save the Children India. Find the full list of members below.

In the Constitution Order, key activities are identified as: “...proactively engaging with the RMNCH efforts of the Global Strategy for Women’s and Chldren’s Health, the recommendations of the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health; and the independent Expert Review Group (iERG); and.... mapping national and sub-national advocacy partners, capacity building in resource-tracking and policy analysis, development of of online communication platforms to bring partners together, workshops and meetings to promote cross-sectoral engagement, training in media/communication skills and message development, development and translation of policy briefs, annual reports on government of India and state governments on RMNCH related progress.

Find below the full list of members of the Coalition. As well, download on the right, the full Order of the Constitution of the Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Coalition of India. Also on your right, find a full interview with Dr Rajiv Tandon, on the Coalition.

RMNCH India Coalition Members:

  • Dr V.K. Paul, Professor & Head, Dept of Pediatrics, AIIMS,
  • Dr NK Arora, Paediatrician, & ED, INCLEN
  • Dr Dileep Mavalankar, PHFI
  • Dr Sandeep Guapta, FOGSI
  • Dr M KC Nair, National Neonatal Forum
  • Dr Rohit Agarwal, President, IAP
  • Dr Abhay Bang, SEARCH
  • Dr Aparajita Gogoi, WRAI
  • Dr Bulbul Sood, JHPIEGO
  • Dr Pratap Reddy, CII, Public Health Council
  • WHO representative
  • UNICEF representative
  • UNFPA representative
  • USAID representative
  • DIFID representative
  • BMGE representative
  • SIDA representative

Interview with Dr Rajiv Tandon

Coalition Secretariat Co-ordinator, PMNCH Board member, and Save the Children, Senior Advisor (Maternal, Newborn, Child Health & Nutrition