Children in South Asia are facing challenges such as poor access to healthcare, hygiene and medical treatment. Due to poverty, children expose themselves to hazardous migration or are left behind by their parents. They risk exploitation, trafficking, violence, abuse or neglect. Our priorities in this region are to reinforce health systems, improve mother and child health, support gender equality and protect children against abuse. We also provide emergency assistance to families affected by natural disasters or mass displacements such as the Rohingya crisis.

Our programmes in the region

Mother and Child Health

The goals of Tdh are saving newborn and mothers' lives, reducing stillbirth and improving child nutrition. In collaboration with communities and partners, we ensure that pregnant women receive good quality healthcare and fight against malnutrition in children. We support the health systems in the region to ensure better access to essential care with skilled birth attendants and well-equipped health centres.

Children and Youth in Migration

Internal migration within Southern Asian countries is extensive and related primarily to temporary migration from rural to urban areas. Most of these urban centres are hazard-prone for children, who find themselves in a spiral of exploitation. We help young people quit their work in the sex industry and offer them alternatives. We give them psychosocial support to improve their wellbeing. Tdh also undertakes an Action Research aimed at identifying the best ways to tackle the worst forms of child labour.

Access to Justice

We strengthen access to justice for children in conflict with the law. By building awareness and strengthening structures, we promote child-friendly justice, community-based dispute resolution and alternative measures to detention. We improve access to legal advice and representation for children in contact with the law. Through training, we make professionals in the sector more aware of child rights.

Humanitarian Aid

Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the region. We equip communities with tools and knowledge to reduce disaster risks and to protect themselves in case of a natural catastrophe. In Cox’s Bazaar, which hosts one of the largest refugee camps in the world, we provide emergency assistance to Rohingya families and take into consideration the host communities’ needs.

Countries of intervention

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