Started in 2008 by Dr. Shiban Ganju, Save A Mother (SAM) is spreading health literacy through social behavior change communication in underserved Indian towns and villages. An NGO, SAM’s mission is to develop affordable healthcare solutions for the poor.

As of March 2019, SAM has operated in 1500 villages and covered 3 million people in 1100 villages


Dr. Ganju’s life work has been dedicated to healthcare. Over a distinguished 45 year career he has contributed at multiple levels: as a physician, as the founder of the ‘Save a Mother (SAM)’ foundation focused on developing sustainable healthcare solution, as a leader & innovator in healthcare firms, as a participant in advocacy with policy makers, as an advisor to foundations and think tanks of healthcare.

Dr. Ganju graduated from the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India and received advanced training in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology both in India and the USA. He is a consultant specializing in gastroenterology, liver disease and nutrition in hospitals in the greater Chicago area. His commitment to an understanding of how to drive improvements in health outcomes has been nurtured & honed since 1972-73 when he worked in a slum near Delhi and where he helped build a school and dispensary.