Their ground-breaking research on how pneumonia and not diarrhoea, was the principal cause of under-five mortality shook the World Health Organisation and made it change its drug manufacture strategy. Their papers were published in the internationally acclaimed journal, Lancet, which honoured them as "the pioneers of healthcare in rural India".
Episode 5: THE YOUNG GAMECHANGER is dedicated to Jabna Chauhan became is one of the youngest Sarpanch in India.
A landmark achievement had been when after eight years of struggle, the women in the village were finally granted equal pay as men in unskilled farm labour by the village council in 2014 and two years later, two women were inducted as members in the Enhulumi village council.
Taking the spirit of women empowerment even further, Behal flagged off Chizami Weaves, a decentralised livelihood project to create sustainable livelihood opportunities for the marginalised women in the district as well as preserve the unique textile tradition of Nagaland.
From empowering women to making them more confident and self-dependent, Mann Deshi has played a crucial role in the lives of rural women. Had it not been a strong determination and never-give-up attitude of Chetna, this wouldn’t have been possible.
Episode 2: THE 21-YEAR JOURNEY OF CHANGE is dedicated to Padma Shri award winner, Sudha Varghese.
In 1987, she launched Nari Gunjan, a non-profit organisation helping Dalit women become aware of and access their rights. In 2005 she established an all-girls residential school named Prerna on the outskirts of Danapur, Patna. It was designed to pull girls out of farm labour, ensuring that they receive an education. Impressed, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar asked her to open a second branch in Gaya.
Currently, the 3,000 students enrolled in both the schools are first-generation learners. In addition, her non-profit also enabled young village girls and boys from the community to excel in sports, music, dance and art, as a result of which they have performed across different competitions in India and abroad.
Her NGO, Nari Gunjan is active in five districts of Bihar and works through 850 Self-Help Groups, which run anganwadis, school dropout and adult education programmes.