Sama is a Delhi-based resource group working on issues of women’s health and rights, and locates concerns of women’s health in the context of socio-historical, economic and political realities.
Sama means “equality” in Sanskrit and other Indian languages, “environment” in Hindustani, while the logo symbolizes balance and equality. These are an intrinsic part of Sama’s philosophy and vision.
Sama was registered in 1999 by a group of women with a history in feminist activism and health.
Sama considers health a fundamental human right and believes that this can be achieved by strengthening the public health system, by regulating private sector and by the curtailment of multiple forms of discrimination based on caste, class, gender, religion, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation and other rubrics.
The usual disease–doctor-drugs approach to health is not sufficient to meet the health needs of the people, especially that of the marginalized and disadvantaged communities. There is a growing need to develop a broader understanding of health (which includes health care services and determinants of health) and initiate interventions that enable and empower people to have greater control over their physical, social, and political environments, all of which influence their health.