The Anantara Maternal Healthcare and Pre-school Education Centres


The first automated medicine vending machine has been installed

The Anantara pilot centre in Makloor Village, Nizamabad, Andhra Pradesh was successfully launched in its final format on February 14th, 2014. The medicine dispensing machine has been installed in the renovated Anganwadi. Consumption data is captured and registered electronically and powered by a solar panel. This automated medicine vending machine provides subsidised iron supplements that cater to the issue of anemia for pregnant women in rural India, along with sanitary towels and condoms. The Anantara centres will also soon be providing visual technology aided education for children ...

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Update on Anantara Initiative

Update on Anantara Initiative by Miniya Chatterji Founder of The Stargazers Foundation

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Anantara Initiative News from the Ground

There have been a series of exciting developments for the Anantara Centres through November 2013. The pilot centre in Makloor Village, Nizamabad, Andhra Pradesh is close to final launch in its new format. Renovation has been completed. Solar kit to power the centre, medicine dispensing machine and first batch of medicines have reached the site, in readiness for installation and launch of operations. Parallel with the technology inputs, the installation process will involve extensive interface between the technology providers, community leaders and representatives, healthcare outreach workers and local ...

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Stargazers' Anantara pilot centre

The Stargazers' Anantara pilot centre is being built in Nizamabad in Andhra Pradesh (India) as part of the Anantara initiative, a new model for community healthcare through technology and education. The architects team from Brussels Alice Boudet-Dalbin and Alexis De Bosscher just finished the project. The pictures speak for themselves:

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A new model for community healthcare

The Stargazers' Anantara centre is being built in Nizamabad in Andhra Pradesh (India) as part of an initiative that proposes a new model for community healthcare through technology and education. The engineering team is developing an effective and sustainable solution to place automated medicine dispensers in the Anantara centers which will be run by solar energy panels. Architects from Brussels Alice Boudet-Dalbin and Alexis De Bosscher are also on site in Nizamabad to design and create the space. Their plan is to have spaces painted in strong colors like ...

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Stargazers welcomes its new Director for the Anantara Initiative

The Stargazers Foundation welcomes its new Director, Anusha Lall. Anusha has joined the Stargazers team to manage the Anantara Initiative, a large scale initiative that uses technology driven innovative models to deliver healthcare and education in rural India. Anusha has nearly ten years of experience covering the areas of policy research, development programming and knowledge management, as well as teaching and capacity building activities. Previously, she has engaged with international development agencies, universities, government think tanks and non-profit organizations. While a number of outreach programmes are aimed at women’s ...

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Stargazers Anantara initiative's team meets RLabs in Capetown

As part of the Anantara Initiative, The Stargazers Foundation's Nimit Jain, Abhishek Ambastha, and Swapna Gaini went to Capetown on 15th July, 2013. They received incubation, mentorship, business, and product development support from Reconstructed Living Labs (RLabs) South Africa, an incubator for creating socially relevant technology solutions. Nimit and Abhishek spent 2 weeks discussing about the project with the team at RLabs. In the meantime, Swapna, who is our first fellow for The Stargazers Grassroots Education Fellowship, began with her 3 month program to learn about technology and ...

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The Anantara Maternal Healthcare and Pre-school Education centres are a new model for community healthcare through technology and education, located in several parts of rural India.

We place automated medicine dispensers for pregnant women that are dosage controlled, web based medical advice, and visual technology aided education for children aged 2 to 6. The Anantara centres are run by solar energy panels which ensure continuous power supply in these areas where electricity is sparse. Our first Anantara centre is based in Nizamabad in Andhra Pradesh, India.

As a huge step forward in the Anantara Initiative, five additional locations (existing anganwadis) have been identified for the set up of the Anantara Maternal Healthcare and Pre-School Education Centres. The new Centres will be located in Pentakurd and Renjal in Nizamabad District, and Jagityal, Metpalli and Korutla in Karimnagar District, creating the first cluster of Anantara Centres. The collection of baseline data, mapping of service delivery arrangements and interaction with local education and healthcare outreach workers has been initiated in these locations.


The Anantara centre in Nizamabad receives incubation, mentorship, business, and product development support from Reconstructed Living Labs South Africa in 2013. Reconstructed Living Lab (RLabs) is a global movement that provides innovative solutions to address various complex problems. It was founded by Marlon Parker in 2008 as an environment for community driven innovation and reconstruction. Marlon is also advisor to The Stargazers Foundation.







































The Anantara Maternal Healthcare and Pre-school Education programme is the brain child of Miniya Chatterji & Marlon Parker.


In the media

17.10.13
Media Vision, Nizamabad, local TV news


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