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Your impactEmpowering Women as Health Leadersin Asia

of common illnesses in developing countries are preventable
health leaders trained
people reached

As at June 2018

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Approximately 70% of common illnesses in developing countries are preventable — lack of access to health services and knowledge mean many preventable illnesses continue to prevail.

For almost one in two people in India, open defecation is a reality, leading to pollution and the spread of diseases. And even preventable diseases such as diarrhoea can be deadly.

Thanks to your support, Opportunity International Australia’s program partner Healing Fields Foundation is empowering women as health leaders. These women (already microfinance clients) participate in basic health, hygiene and nutrition education which they share with community members.

See how the health leader solution helps families on their journey out of poverty with improved health education and access to better quality healthcare. 

In India, your giving is helping to build healthier communities in the northern states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar – places where many of the nation’s poorest and most socially excluded live. Healing Fields Foundation, together with our microfinance partner KOMIDA, are pioneering the health leader program in Indonesia.

This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).


To June 2018, 4,236 women have been trained as health leaders. These women are reaching families in their communities with simple but life-changing health, hygiene and nutrition information to build healthier communities.


215 health leaders are completing further training to become Community Health Entrepreneurs. The health entrepreneur pilot aims to equip health leaders with high-demand but hard to access health products – including sanitary napkins, hand wash, dishwashing liquid and toilet cleaner. Behind the scenes, this means bridging the last mile in supply chains to create local access to vital health products, in quantities families can afford. In time, health entrepreneurs will not only teach families about better health and hygiene, but make sure they can access the products they need to put this new knowledge in to practice.

Basic Care Providers are health leaders trained in first-response emergency care. Having completed the training – using a curriculum designed in collaboration with Stanford University – these 53 health leaders are actively assisting families in their community. So far 1,530 people have consulted a Basic Care Provider, who can use her tablet application to access remote medical care including prescriptions of basic medicines.


The first group of health leaders in Indonesia will soon complete their trainingThese 54 women are eager to begin reaching out to families in their communities to teach them better health, hygiene and nutrition.  

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New Meet Navihan

As a health leader, Navihan has been finding creative ways to bring knowledge to her community.

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Meet Sunita

When Sunita heard about the health leader program she was eager to join. Attending classes meant battling her husband’s disapproval – until her new knowledge saved his life.

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Meet Sashikala

When Sashikala heard about the training being offered through Opportunity's program partner Healing Fields Foundation, she put up her hand immediately to become a health leader.

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Radhika is more than just an entrepreneur and health leader. She is a change agent, tackling centuries of social taboos, deeply entrenched beliefs about the role of women, and saving lives with her quiet blend of compassion and pragmatism.

Watch Radhika's story

Kum Kum Devi

Kum Kum

Since training as a health leader the changes in Kum Kum’s household have been significant.

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Gangotri is determined to use her new knowledge as a trained health leader to help others.

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