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40% of Indian children suffer from malnutrition. Despite a fast-growing economy, most children do not have access to drinking water and sanitation facilities. Trafficking exposes children to commercial sexual exploitation or labour. In addition, India is prone to natural disasters. Our priorities are to decrease malnutrition among children and to protect them against exploitation. We also provide emergency assistance to families affected by natural disasters.

What we do

Mother and child health

In the Sundarbans region, Tdh works to eliminate malnutrition among children under the age of five. Check-ups are carried out in the community to monitor growth of children and manage malnutrition. The affected children receive treatment in specialised centres, which are provided with disaster resistant nutrition gardens. Our local experts give talks to advise parents on how to provide their children with a healthy and balanced diet.

Child protection and education

Tdh supports and works with child care institutions in West Bengal to improve the protection of trafficked children that are subject to commercial sexual exploitation or labour. We run emergency centres where they can take part in recreational activities and receive psychological care. Community members, social workers and local NGO employees are trained to support them. Police officers and other professionals receive training on legal aspects of child protection. In Assam, we help displaced out of school children reintegrate with educational support.

Water and hygiene in natural disasters

In the event of a natural disaster, we react immediately by distributing food, hygiene items and school supplies to children and families in need. In order to facilitate access to water and sanitation facilities, our local teams disinfect water tanks and manual hand pumps and raise them to provide drinking water during floods. In parallel, we teach children in schools how to adopt good hygiene habits. Our experts also pass on their knowledge to communities on how to clean and disinfect hand pumps and how to be prepared for natural disasters.

"Manjuara, 9 months old, suffered from severe acute malnutrition. After being admitted to hospital, she benefited from Tdh's project targeting malnutrition in India's West Bengal region."

Manjuara, a young girl cured of malnutrition


Where we work

Terre des hommes in India

Beneficiaries in 2015

85,151 people

Expatriate staff / National staff

2 / 13

Budget 2016

CHF 896,000.-

Programme locations

West Bengal, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Kashmir, Telangana, Assam

Local partners

Sundarban Social Development Center, Human Development Center, Praajak, HELP, Gram-Utthan, NGOs Coordination Federation Jammu & Kashmir

Supported by


Terre des hommes starts working in India by helping local children’s education organisations.
Launch of a project to support children whose parents are living with HIV/AIDS.
Start of a project to build 40 wells to ensure access to drinking water for 8,000 families.
Two reconstruction projects were launched after the tsunami.
Official opening of our delegation in India.
Beginning of the project “I am in school” to support conflict-affected children with a safe environment.

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Related publications

Making an impact for children: Annual Report 2017
Thematic Policy - Mother and Child Health
Thematic policy - Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

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