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In India, children and young people face violence, migration, poor health services and natural disasters. We support victims of trafficking and exploitation return to safe, protective and resilient communities and empower girls at risk of unsafe migration. Through innovative and sustainable approaches, we improve access to healthcare, sanitation and nutrition for vulnerable children and mothers.  

What we do

Mother and child health

In India, the mortality rates of children under the age of five, of mothers and new-borns are high. This is largely associated with a lack of quality care during the perinatal period and the first five years of life. Tdh’s IeDA tool uses the Integrated Management of Newborn & Childhood Illnesses, with the goal to improve the quality of services for children. In addition, we build the capacities of government healthcare workers to better identify, treat and refer high-risk pregnancies.

Child protection

Tdh protects children affected by unsafe migration, promotes safeguarding and protection standards, and builds capacities of child protection professionals. One of our major goals is to ensure better child-based skills and knowledge among the government and other service providers working with children. In addition, Tdh provides technical guidance and support to its local partners for effective service delivery. Tdh empowers girls at risk of or affected by unsafe migration in West Bengal with Kabaddi – a popular Indian sport.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Tdh improves access to drinking water, sanitation and hand-washing facilities in public healthcare facilities and in the community, through applying WHO’s Water and sanitation for health facility improvement tool (WASH FIT) and through the construction of tube wells, hand-washing stations and toilets. Children, community members, healthcare workers, authorities and partners are sensitised on good hygiene practices and ways to ensure the sustained functioning of water and sanitation facilities. Tdh also promotes the use of ecological sanitation as a safe and sustainable solution in flood-prone areas.

Global intervention for the protection and health of children

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


Terre des hommes in India

Beneficiaries in 2020


116,741 people

Expatriate staff / National staff


1 / 17

Budget 2020


CHF 16,000,845


Where we work

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 are launched after the tsunami.
Beginning of the project “I am in school” to support conflict-affected children by providing them with a safe environment.
Rolling out of a project which focuses on organisational capacity building for civil society organisations working with survivors of exploitation and abuse.
Kerala flood emergency response.
Post cyclone Fani integrated shelter response in Odisha.
Rolling out of Kabaddi for Empowerment project.
COVID-19 response project targeting 80 primary healthcare facilities in Jharkhand to bolster their preparedness and to mitigate risks of spread as well as an integrated COVID-19 response in the Sundarbans region, West Bengal.
IeDA adapted to integrated management of childhood illnesses in one district of Jharkhand with the goal of improving the quality services for children under the age of 5.
Start of the global WASH Consortium on improving access to water sanitation and hygiene services in healthcare facilities and communities in the Sundarbans in West Bengal.

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Related publications

Annual Report 2020
Thematic Policy - Mother and Child Health
Thematic policy - Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
Infopage WASH_EN

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