Founded in 1978 to increase access to adequate healthcare, reduce the cost of illness to families and communities, and improve public health

For the past 37 years, IFFH has supported local professionals and organizations in the development, adaptation, replication and implementation of innovations in the fields of maternal, neonatal and child health; contraception technologies and primary healthcare delivery systems.

The aim of the organization is to increase access to adequate healthcare, reduce the cost of illness to families and communities, and improve public health. We do this through the advancement of community-based solutions that address the behavioral, social, economic, technological and environmental factors that determine the health of people in resource-poor areas.

An ongoing 37 year Project: The development and support of community-based, self-sufficient, self-sustaining solutions for comprehensive healthcare delivery in rural villages. 

In 1978, IFFH collaborators, Drs. Biral Mullick and Elton Kessel designed and implemented a self-sufficient and self-sustaining community-based model for training Community Health Workers (CHWs) to serve rural villages. The training program was adapted from the Manual for Primary Health Workers, developed by the Government of India and the World Health Organization.


After 37 years, more than 80,000 primary health workers, village midwives and community medical service personnel have been trained in 180 training centers by over 300 local physicians (MBBS and MD) in ten states of India. This effort has produced a strong and reliable network of trained community health workers and led to the creation of a wide variety of community-based health initiatives that function that the local village level.

In much of rural India, Community Health Workers (CHWs) are the essential link to life-saving interventions such as childhood immunizations, safe pregnancy and childbirth services for mothers, and access to treatment for AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.


  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Nutrition
  • Family Planning
  • Polio
  • Tuberculosis
  • Malaria

Community Health Workers organize local Nonprofit Organizations to address the health needs in their local area


Raising the level of health knowledge in rural communities

Organizing local Volunteers for National Public Health Programs 

Creating Community-Based Health Initiatives meeting Community Needs 

National health programs rely on local Nonprofit Organizations and Community Health Workers to supply needed woman and manpower to organize and implement national health initiatives at the grassroots level.


Local Rural Community Health Workers build partnerships with national and state governments and health-related NGOs for organizing local volunteers for National Public Health Programs 


  • Maternal and child health, nutrition and immunization
  • Polio eradication
  • Tuberculosis diagnosis and treatment
  • Community training for family planning and STD prevention and treatment
  • Contraception distribution for family planning
  • Clean water
  • Social marketing for contraception and HIV/AIDS prevention


  • Red Cross
  • CARE
  • Marie Stopes
  • Lions Club
  • State and national governments

Focusing on raising levels of health, education and income of rural families

The essential elements of development in resource poor communities.

Please meet. Our team.

Dr. Iliash Ali and Dr. Moli Ali - Rampurhat, Birbhum District, West Bengal, India.

In 2016 Dr. Ali and Dr. Moli are celebrating the anniversary of 30 years of service to rural communities in medical practice, health program design and organization to serve the rural poor.  2016 also marks 20 years since they founded the Rampurhat Railpar Rural and Urban Health Training Society (a registered nonprofit NGO), to provide training for community

health workers, village midwives, nursing assistants serving in pediatric intensive care, and community medical service personnel utilizing a self-sufficient, self-sustaining financial model.

Read their story

International Federation for Family Health (IFFH), USA
Roger Growe, Secretary General
Margaret Miller Growe, Administrator

Roger and Margaret have been associated with the International Federation for Family Health (IFFH) (a United States 501c3 nonprofit) in various capacities since 1992.  Roger has worked closely with the Drs. Ali in Rampurhat as IFFH Project Development Officer since 2002.

The couple live in Pittsboro, North Carolina, USA, at their small farm just south of Chapel Hill, NC.

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How You Can Support This Work

To implement improvements in a successful model a self-sufficient, self-sustaining program sometimes needs investments that cannot be covered by income from the local economy.  For such advancements, IFFH relies on charitable donations that make it possible for our team to develop new projects utilizing our existing resources and infrastructure.

We want to improve our existing healthcare education programs and need to invest
in the development of the next phase of our community health projects.  Once investments are made in the development of programs, our goal is always to continue operations on a self-sufficient and self-sustaining basis.

We see opportunities for improving our programs and have the human
resources and experience to confront old problems with new methods.

Our years of work has produced a strong and reliable network of trained community health workers at the rural village level.  Our success has encouraged us to activate our large network of village based health workers to address the underlying challenges to further improvements in women’s health, children’s health and community health.


You can donate any amount to IFFH.  The organization is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit registered in the United States. Your donations are tax-deductible and much appreciated.

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