To reduce maternal and child mortality rate in rural and impoverished areas in India the American India Foundation (AIF) has raised US $200,000 via its initiative Maternal and Newborn Survival Initiative (MANSI).
Founded in 2001 at the initiative of then US President Bill Clinton, the community organisation engaged in catalysing social and economic change in India, raised the amount at its annual Washington DC gala .
The gala featured Mamta Mahato, a 26-year old health worker from Jharkhand, India. She shared that skills training from AIF’s MANSI programme has enabled her to safely deliver over 90 healthy newborns in her village.
Over 250 influential guests from US and Indian governments, corporate and entrepreneur leadership, media, and philanthropy of the greater Washington DC area attended the power-packed evening at the historic Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland.
Indian Ambassador to the US Arun Kumar Singh said the current development challenges in India and the solutions being implemented across the country, including initiatives to revitalise the economy through entrepreneurship and start-ups.
He highlighted the crucial contribution of AIF’s initiatives in female literacy and empowerment to this national economic effort.
“The effort of the government has to be supplemented by what civil society and people like you are able to do,” he said.