From The CEO’s Desk

I would like to begin by wishing you a Happy New Year. 

Thank you for being a part of ARMMAN’s journey and supporting us in our vision of empowering mothers and enabling healthy children. 

Having been a part of ARMMAN since June 2019, I am excited about the unique opportunity to make a difference to the lives of millions of women and children. Prior to joining ARMMAN I was CTO at Piramal Foundation. I moved to the development sector 4 years ago; my work experience before crossing over has been in managing technology organisations. The last two stints were as MD and CEO of NSE.IT (100% subsidiary of National Stock Exchange – NSE) and COO – India at MphasiS. I look forward to leading ARMMAN as it enters a critical growth phase with huge potential for impact.  

2019 has been a milestone year for ARMMAN, having signed an agreement with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and begun implementation of their maternal and child health programs – Kilkari and Mobile Academy – across 13 states of India. These are the largest mobile health programs of their kind across the world: Kilkari has reached over 14 million subscribers and 1,50,000 ASHAs (frontline health workers) have been trained via Mobile Academy.

Dr. Aparna Hegde (and ARMMAN) also received a prestigious research grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH), US for research on bladder health in adolescent girls. This year saw us forge new partnerships with Chevron, GEP Solutions, Godrej Consumer Products, CitiusTech and Pfizer. Our leadership team has also expanded to include a Chief Financial Officer and Head of Human Resources, among others. 

We have already kicked off 2020 on an exciting note! ARMMAN is one of 79 organisations shortlisted by the Skoll Foundation for the prestigious Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship 2020 and in the running for the $1.5 million award alongside some outstanding organisations working towards social change across the globe.

In the coming year, we look forward to expanding Kilkari and Mobile Academy to four states with 4 million new subscribers in Kilkari and 1,00,000 ASHAs trained through Mobile Academy. We are also looking at piloting two-way communication with our beneficiaries through our contact center and leveraging widespread use of Whatsapp to deliver health messaging. 

The ARMMAN team is enthusiastic about the prospects in 2020 and charged up for the journey ahead. Once again, we thank you for your constant support and hope you will continue to accompany us on this journey as we strengthen the organisation and improve our programs.

-Ramesh Padmanabhan

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