India Health Action Trust (IHAT) is a Not-for-profit trust under the provisions of the Indian Trust Act, 1882. University of Manitoba (UM), established IHAT in 2003, as part of a five-year (2001 to 2006) bilateral development project between Canada and India.

IHAT originally focused on providing comprehensive technical assistance and training in programme planning and management to the states of Karnataka and Rajasthan. Over the years, the trust has supported the State AIDS Control Societies (SACS) in Maharashtra, Bihar, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Goa. In 2009, IHAT is registered with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 1976.


  • Program strategies are driven by macro and micro level evidences generated through robust monitoring and evaluation plans and are focused on addressing real gaps and barriers. Individual tracking, concurrent monitoring, routine monitoring and qualitative evaluation designs help in identifying priorities and addressing real gaps and barriers.
  • Community consultations and joint visioning sessions precede programme planning. Creating and sustaining spaces for continuous community engagement to grow and evolve together form the hallmark of our programs.
  • Our programs use holistic and integrated methodologies that connects the issues of each stage of life (infants, children, adolescents, young women, mothers) with the other. This helps address the issues at multiple layers resulting in greater impact.
  • Programs are grounded in the local socio-cultural realities and continuous learning from the field feed into tailoring both macro and micro aspects of programs
  • Programs are designed, piloted, tested for effectiveness and adopted for scale up at local, national and global levels for achieving impact at scale.
  • Program strategies make opportunities for mainstreaming and advocating the concerns of the communities and building solidarity with likeminded groups for sustained change. Integration and coordination with the government is envisaged in all programs across all levels to ensure maximum utilization of existing resources and avoiding parallel programming.
  • IHAT specialises in offering technical support in the area so program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation through research driven lens. It addresses gaps within existing government run programs by bringing in its expertise for improving the technical aspects of the existing public health programs