The Situation

ARMMAN (Advancing Reduction in Mortality and Morbidity of Mothers, Children, and Neonates) is a secular, India-based nonprofit committed to improving health outcomes for pregnant women, mothers, and children under age five. Through a public-private partnership with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, ARMMAN is implementing two of the largest maternal and child mobile health programs in the world: Kilkari, which sends life-saving preventive care information directly to the mobile phones of pregnant women and new mothers, and Mobile Academy, which delivers flexible, mobile-based, high-quality refresher training to frontline health workers. Both programs are implemented across 13 states with plans to scale to 21 states by 2021 and across all of India by 2025.

The Roadblock

ARMMAN had to raise $769,265 for the period April 2019 to March 2020 for the implementation of Kilkari and Mobile Academy. While $664,861 was confirmed, an unexpected non-realization of funds from a previously committed donor, due to internal issues at the donor agency, left ARMMAN with a $104,404 deficit.

Open Road's Response

With a charitable grant of $104,404, ARMMAN was able to continue providing support to over 2.5 million women currently enrolled in Kilkari and 30,000 frontline health workers enrolled in Mobile Academy.

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