Measurement, Learning, and Evaluation for the Ananya Program (Family Health Initiative in Bihar)

Design Report
Publisher: Princeton, NJ: Mathematica Policy Research
Oct 31, 2011
Kimberly Smith, Anu Rangarajan, Evan Borkum, and Lalit Dandona

India Bihar Ananya

In 2010, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launched the Family Health Initiative in Bihar, India (now named “Ananya”, a Sanskrit word meaning “unique” or “unlike others”). The goals of the Ananya program (2010–2015) are to reduce maternal, newborn, and child mortality; malnutrition; fertility; and morbidity from infectious diseases by developing and implementing innovative and integrated health solutions that involve both the public and private sectors. More specifically, the program aims to expand the reach, coverage, and quality of (1) essential primary health and nutrition services for infants, children, and women of reproductive age; and (2) diagnostic and disease-control services for infectious diseases, including pneumonia, diarrhea, tuberculosis, and visceral leishmaniasis.


Bihar, India: Measurement Learning and Evaluation for the Family Health Initiative


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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