‘Mitanins’ (female friends in the local language) are the lifelong friends of their communities, serving as guides, helpers, and protectors of health rights and a force of relentless determination, compassion, and community spirit. Most Mitanins are from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds, selected through a consultative process by the community members. These dedicated community health workers have been the backbone of primary care, addressing issues like maternal and newborn care, communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases, injuries, emergencies, and other social determinants of health. Their close ties to their hamlets ensure proximity and deep-rooted connections with the community. Since 2002, mitanins have been Chhattisgarh's most critical healthcare force.

With a force of more than 72,000 strong team member, Mitanins stand as the trusted health allies of their communities, actively engaging in addressing social determinants of health (SDOH), such as malnutrition and gender-based violence. Their tireless efforts show the essence of grassroots healthcare, fostering resilience and well-being at the heart of every community they serve. Their journey is more than a job; it's a testament to the power of community-led transformation, where every Mitanin carries the torch of hope, lighting the way for a brighter, healthier future.



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