ARMMAN (www.armman.org) is an India based non profit organization committed to improving the well being of pregnant mothers, newborn infants and children in the first five years of their life. It designs and implements sustainable interventions to reduce maternal, neonatal and child mortality and morbidity in underprivileged urban and rural communities in India.
Their approach is to identify and address systemic gaps in both health services delivery and community health care seeking practices by adopting a multi sectoral evidence based ‘community needs assessment’ approach. The core programs of ARMMAN make innovative use of technology to develop viable interventions and to maximize outreach.
I met Mr. Rizwan Koita when he graciously decided to be a part of the DASRA Giving Circle of donors for ARMMAN two years ago. We wanted to engage with him on organizational and tech matters. His straightforward nature and his ability to get to the heart of the matter, discounting all extraneous noise, and give sound advice has helped us in our decision-making process immensely. He has always been available to have a quick word to discuss leadership issues and other organizational matters and act as a sounding board. Recently a huge project came our way and we were in two minds, given the enormity of the responsibility and the need to raise huge funds in a short duration of time. One of the first advisors we met was Mr. Koita, whose quiet confidence in us and advice on how to manage the technology arm of the program helped us overcome our doubts, and the Koita Foundation pledged funds for the program.
Founder and Managing Trustee, ARMMAN