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NESTS for Youth

NESTS for Youth: Non-judgmental, Empowering, Self-reflective and Technology-assisted Spaces (NESTS) for youth to improve their health and access to care and support services. Young people face significant mental and physical health issues, which are linked with sexuality with very limited support to share their concerns.

While talking to over 1240 unmarried young adults in Pune for the life course research ‘Youth in Transition,’ we realized that health of young adults can be improved by providing them supportive spaces where they can share their concerns, get help in assessing their own risk and health conditions, get information about available health services which they can access.

 ‘NESTS’ for Youth will be these safe spaces for youth to speak about any of their concerns. It could be anything from relationships, safe sex methods, child sexual abuse, intimate partner abuse, self-image, gender identity, sexual orientation, loneliness, break ups, depression, anxiety, self-harm, feeling suicidal to whatever is troubling them in their lives.

One can call the number given below and schedule an appointment with NESTOR (a sensitive listener, who can help in solving the issues one is facing and can link them with further services if needed).

These sessions are completely confidential and free of cost.

Time: Monday to Friday, 10 am to 6 pm.

Contact for appointment: 7775004350, 9561744883

Location: NESTS For Youth, Prayas Health Group, Karve road-Chatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj Bridge corner, Pune, Maharashtra 411004

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Model Analysis for Covid 19 Epidemic for Pune City

Model Analysis for Covid 19 Epidemic for Pune City

Colposcopy and Cervical Cancer Prevention course

Colposcopy and Cervical Cancer Prevention course

Registration for the 2020 edition now open

course commences 1 May 2020, can be joined anytime later –


COVID 19 Work

Reports :

A Fine Grained Modelling for Covid 19 Epidemic for Pune City - Insight from the model Analysis 

Prayas Health Group in collaboration with Tata Consultancy Services Research (TRDCC), Pune has developed a fine grained model for Covid-19 predictions for Pune city.It provides Pune specific insights about appropriate interventions as the epidemic unfolds in the city. Check out more details


People’s perceptions about social distancing and perceived risk of acquiring COVID-19 Research Report, June 2020

This is our recent research report on people’s risk perception of COVID-19. The report is based on in-depth interviews conducted with people living in diverse background and data collected through an online survey. Along with providing the account of lived experiences of people, the report provides insights for improving risk communication during the pandemic.


Print Media :

Peak load on critical healthcare to be sustained until October end                       

News coverage in Indian Express on 20 August 2020.


लोकसहभागाला पर्याय नाही (There is no alternative to community participation) 

An article by Dr. Vinay Kulkarni in Loksatta, Pune


साथींनी शिकवलेले धडे (Lessons taught by Epidemics) 

An article by Dr. Ritu Parchure in Maharashtra Times, Pune.


मास्करुपी सुरक्षा कवच (Mask as Safety Shield)

An article written by Dr. Ritu Parachure in Maharashtra  Times, Pune.   


अंंत्यसंस्कारावेळी काळजी घेतल्यास धोका नाही                                                           

An article written by Dr. Vinay Kulkarni of Prayas Health Group in  collaboration with doctors    from Pune Citizen Doctor Forum in Maharashtra Times Pune.


रुग्णाचे अंत्यसंस्कार करताना घ्यायची काळजी  (Precautions at the time of Funeral) 

 An article written by Dr. Ritu Parchure in Lokmat. 


Film :

Video to prevent stigma and discrimination against COVID-19 patients


Prayas Health Group, in collaboration with Maharashtra state health department and NHM, has created this video 'Ekta koni nahiye' to prevent stigma and discrimination against COVID-19 patients.

Webinar :

Findings of our recent study (People’s perceptions about social distancing and perceived risk of acquiring COVID-19) are presented in a webinar organized by Indian Scientist’s Response to COVID. Following is the link for the webinar






 Prayas is implementing mMitra project in Pune city, the project is supported by ARMAAN, Mumbai based organization. mMitra is a free mobile voice call service that provides culturally appropriate comprehensive information on preventive care and simple interventions to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity in urban areas. Through this project, pregnant and lactating women receive messages on antenatal and postnatal care. Medically verified, individualized voice messages of 60 - 90 seconds (145 messages in all) in Hindi or Marathi are sent directly to the mobile phones of each enrolled woman. The voice calls are in the local dialect, specific to the woman’s gestational age or age of infant and are sent weekly, free of cost directly to pregnant woman and mother with infants. The enrollment of eligible woman in the program is carried out by a trained ‘Sakhi’, identified by the organization. The intent of implementing the mMitra program is to communicate and to engage with pregnant women, and women with children under one year of age (women) on preventative care measures and about simple interventions to reduce maternal and infant mortality and morbidity.


Prayas is implementing mMitra project in Pune city since May 2016. We are working with Municipal corporation facilities and private/trust based hospitals from Pune city catering to urban poor women. Currently mMitra services are offered through 8 private and 14 PMC hospitals. We are reaching to approximately 2000 women every month through 30 Sakhis working on the project. Till date total 14000 women have been registered in the project.

Table 8: Data from May 2016 to March 2017

Private/Public sector

Number of Facilities

Number of women registered

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Pune Municipal Corporation







Prayas-Amrita Clinic, Athawale Corner, Karve Road, Deccan Gymkhana, Pune - 411 004, Maharashtra, India.
Tel.: 8605882649 / 8087015726  E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.