Home to over 1 billion people, India is on track to become the most populous country in the world by 2030. As the population continues to grow, India faces the difficult task of building institutional and systems capacity for improving and managing public health with the increased challenge of rapid urbanization.
Over the last three decades, JSI has partnered with India’s government, private sector, international development partners, and community leaders to strengthen the health system and improve the overall health of India’s population. To deepen our partnership with India, we established John Snow India Private Limited in 2013 and JSI Research & Training India Foundation, a standalone nonprofit organization legally registered as a charitable trust in India, in 2014. Both organizations work to to improve project coordination, ground our global technical expertise with local knowledge of community needs and on-the-ground realities, and to more efficiently disseminate tools, techniques, technologies, and resources.
JSI India leverages our global expertise for implementing complex public health programs at scale to provide ongoing support for India’s efforts to improve maternal, newborn and child health, strengthen the routine immunization system, introduce lifesaving vaccines to prevent childhood illnesses, reduce the spread of communicable diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis and measles, improve nutrition for children in the first 1000 days, and build capacity for managing complex supply chains.
In addition, in Indore, the USAID-funded Building Healthy Cities project works with the Indore Smart City program to give health a more central role in urban planning. This has resulted in activities related to air quality, education, transportation, technology, and waste management, among others.