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India is home to over 6 million women’s groups, including self-help groups. However, there is little evidence synthesis on whether and how such groups improve women’s and children’s health. This mixed-methods systematic review of quantitative and qualitative studies on women’s groups in India examines the effects on women and children’s health and identifies enablers and barriers to achieving outcomes. It found moderate evidence that health interventions with women’s groups improve perinatal practices, neonatal survival, immunisation rates and women’s and children’s dietary diversity, and help control vector-borne diseases. Evidence of positive effect was strongest for community mobilisation interventions that help build communities’ capabilities and go beyond sharing information. This review concludes that interventions with women’s groups have the potential to improve women’s and children’s health in India. It can be useful for program implementers. Click here to read the review.