Teaching the teacher is key

Building an effective education system for a world after Covid-19 needs to include a collaborative stakeholder engagement and customized solution for all target groups. It is pertinent to note the plethora of challenges that Covid-19 has brought to the fore since March 2020-- a digital divide, gender-digital divide, and quality of training. Even before Covid-19, India’s education sector was already trailing with an insufficient number...

Covid 19

Reaching far and wide, despite the pandemic

Santanu Mishra has been walking the tough path of empowering communities through sound healthcare and good education for decades. And the commitment to spreading smiles continues despite odds.


Telemedicine can provide timely access and last mile connectivity for peri-urban and rural populations: Santanu Mishra, Smile Foundation

Telemedicine has been gaining traction after the Government of India and the Medical Council of India released their new guidelines for the use of telemedicine during the Covid-19 pandemic.


Covid 19

Why a response strategy to deal with the post COVID world is urgent

If we don’t act now, the COVID induced social crisis will be the biggest the world has seen. A concerted effort involving the public and private sectors to create a universal social safety net can be a viable damage-control measure.

The World Economic Forum conducted a study on the major risks we face in the aftermath of the pandemic.

Health and Hygiene

Why driving the WASH agenda is every citizen’s responsibility?

Although the government can help creating the necessary infrastructure, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) is intricately linked to personal habits. That makes every citizen responsible for driving it from the front.

According to the UN, access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) is fundamental to fighting the corona virus,

Digital Literacy

Inclusion along with digital literacy should be at core of Digital India

As we celebrated the World Literacy Day this week, in the neo-normal scenario induced by the pandemic, it is evident to all that we need to move beyond just literacy to digital literacy, particularly at the grassroots where it can impact several development indicators and propel progress.


Women Empowerment

Realising the vision of a women-led Atma Nirbhar Bharat

With the demographic dividend being designated as one of the five interrelated pillars of the Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan, India needs to strive for women-led development that makes women the leading force of our development trajectory.


Opinion: Prepping The Education Sector For Contingencies

With schools shut and students at home, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented the education sector with a unique challenge. The sector has shown great adaptability to ensure continued learning. Various e-learning portals and apps have been launched by the government and education bodies such as DIKSHA portal, e-Pathshala, Swayam and so on.


Health Cannot Wait: Prioritizing Primary Healthcare

Acouple of years ago, the world had been shocked to see Odisha’s Dana Majhi carry his daughter’s dead body 8 km on foot to reach the nearest primary healthcare centre. Today, in the face of COVID-19, as lakhs of migrant labourers working in various cities of India compromised their safety and took to the roads to return to their villages, the question remains – will the poor always have to choose between hunger and healthcare, are some lives cheaper than the others?

International Women's Day

International Women's Day 2019: Here's why educating girls is the need of the hour

World Bank estimates show that in low income countries like India, less than two thirds of girls complete their primary education, and only one in three completes lower secondary school.

Various studies have shown that effective education is the key to lead a dignified life.

Iron deficiency still a problem in India

Haemoglobin counts continue to be low even as the country’s development parameters improve. awareness about nutrition is key

According to the National Family Health Survey 2016, India has the highest number of anaemic individuals globally - nearly 53% adult women and 50% pregnant women in India are anaemic.


the present health care

How can we improve the present health care system in India

More public spending on healthcare. Period!
Most of the problems that Indian healthcare is facing currently is primarily due to low government spending on healthcare.



Primary Healthcare in India- solutions for change vis a vis Sustainable Development Goals

There are several definitions of primary health care, but most have the following key elements:

Primary healthcare includes preventive, promotive and curative care;
Care is provided within or closer to the communities they serve, almost at the doorstep;


Factoring Process Indicators in Programme Evaluations: Rationale and the Way Forward

Healthy people are vital to economic and social development. The last decade has witnessed multidimensional changes in health and more so in reproductive health in India. Although India has made significant progress in improving the health of its population, fertility rates, HIV and infectious disease burden and child survival,


health management

Decentralizing health management for meeting local health needs

with growing population and advancement in the medical technology and increasing expectation of people for quality health care, it has now become imperative to establish a system to render accessible and effective healthcare services.


CSR Partnership

Smile Foundation’s Mission Education Program: Avenue for CSR Partnership

Socio-economic progress of a nation depends on how literate its citizens are. Though there has been a six fold improvement in the literacy rate since independence, yet the current literacy figure is lower than the average world literacy rate...


Dalai Lama

Globally renowned humanitarian His Holiness The Dalai Lama endorses & commits long-term support to social entrepreneur Santanu Mishra

Inaugurates Smile Foundation’s special initiative “World of Children”

In what was a crowning moment in an illustrious career spanning more than 15 years, Santanu Mishra, Co-founder and Executive Trustee...


Education and Nutrition

Nutrition for Education - Nourishing, nurtutring, educating and empowering children

When six year old Kiran Wagh joined the Mission Education centre at Kalyan in Maharashtra, her teachers took note of her extreme health condition. She was visibly malnourished, looked much younger than her age and was covered in dirt...


Empowering Grass roots

Empowering Grassroots – changing the face of nation!

The growth of the non-profit sector in India in the last two decades has been phenomenal. India has possibly the largest number of active non-government, not-for-profit organizations in the world. Official estimates put the number at 3.3 million. From relief services to educational initiatives...


CSR Mandate

From Philanthropic Act to Strategic Policy

Ever since the Industrial Revolution, businesses have often been perceived as an anti-social development – the empowerment of few, against the many. In India, because the industries came in along with colonialism, people’s perception of the sector has been adverse. It is a fact that industries and businesses have played...



Health cannot wait for the poor

The queues in front of the hospitals are ceasing to reduce, so are the agonies of the people .The sudden change in the economic scenario has brought many changes in the country, wreaking overnight havoc in the lives of the average people. The most affected are the rural and urban poor, for whom every day survival has become a big question...


Gender Equality

Taking boys and men along the path of gender equality

Violence against women and girls have rocked our consciousness and fuelled an unprecedented public outcry across the nation. And for the first time, men and women came out in unity protesting on the streets. The India that we see today fringes on modernity and social prejudices, and can be a cruel place for women...


Child Sex Ratio

Daughters no more dearer?

Over the past decade, gender equality has been recognized as key not only to the health of nations, but also to their social and economic development. But even though India is a signatory to the goal, unfortunately it lags far behind in terms of gender equality as a major portion of our population; verily the half of humanity – the female sex, continues to be denied not just their rights...


Youth Empowerment

Enabling the young to garner demographic dividend

Today, more than half of India’s population is below the age of 25. In another seven years, India’s average age will be just 29 years, in comparison with 37 in China and the United States, 45 in Western Europe and 48 in Japan; making it the country with the largest young population in the world...


Online Skills Training

Get ready with online skills training: easy, free and convenient

Globalisation and a thriving Indian economy have opened up tremendous employment opportunities in retail and service sectors mostly. The opportunities have also brought along a new perspective to the way these jobs are performed and the skills needed...


Remembering Dr. Kalam

A Life like no other – Remembering Dr. Kalam

Looking at the glorious chronicles of the life of our beloved Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, it comes as no surprise that he was bestowed the luck of passing away while doing what he loved to do – teaching. “If people will remember me as a good teacher, that will be the biggest honour for me,” he had said in an interview to a national...


Medical Education

Reforming Medical Education to benefit masses

India is the country with the highest number of medical colleges in the world. All 315 odd medical colleges in India produce some 30,000 doctors and 18,000 specialists. Yet we are almost at the bottom in terms of the number...


Employment and Equality

Integrating Women in India's Growth Story

“Gender equality does not imply that all women and men must be the same. Instead, it entails equipping both with equal access to capabilities; so that they have the freedom to choose opportunities that improve their lives. It means that women have Equal access to resources and rights as men, and vice versa.”


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