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Indian Red Cross Bel-Air Hospital

Training nurses and midwives in Maharashtra to improve village health care and provide employment to young women from rural areas

The Auxiliary Nurses and Midwives (ANM) Training Program was initiated in 2010 in partnership with the Indian Red Cross Society to address the shortage of nurses in the villages and help underprivileged girls pursue higher education and gain employment. The free, two year ANM program is advertised in regional newspapers across Maharashtra inviting applications from young women from underprivileged backgrounds. The selected candidates are provided with ANM Training in line with a syllabus fixed by the Indian Nursing Council and the Maharashtra Nursing Council which includes classroom sessions, clinical postings and time in the villages where they conduct health education on sanitation, personal hygiene and treatment and care of communicable and non-communicable diseases. Johnson & Johnson covers the costs including the course fee, room and board, study materials, uniform and stationery.