India has the largest number of malnourished children in the world. In addition, the country is prone to natural disasters. Many children are at risk of child labour, trafficking and violence, abuse or neglect. Our priorities are to improve their health by fighting against malnutrition among children and to protect them against exploitation, with a focus on early-married girls. We also provide emergency assistance to families affected by natural disasters.

What we do

Mother and child health

In the Sundarbans region, Tdh is working 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. Affected children receive treatment in specialised centres. Our local experts encourage parents to develop a disaster-proof model of low cost, organic homestead gardening to improve dietary diversity.

Child protection

Tdh is protecting children affected by risky migration, promoting care and protection standards, and building 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 kabbadi – a national Indian sport.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Tdh works to improve access to drinking water, sanitation, and hand-washing facilities through the construction of tube wells, hand washing stations and toilets. Children, community members, professionals working in education institutions and partners are sensitised on appropriate hygiene behaviours and ways to ensure the sustained functioning of water and sanitation facilities. Tdh promotes the use of ecological sanitation as a safe and sustainable solution in flood-prone areas.

Fani cyclone emergency response

Cyclone Fani ranked category 4 made landfall in the Indian state of Odisha on May 3, 2019. It affected 16 million people. In partnership with local NGOs, Tdh supported the construction of transitional shelters, rehabilitated toilets and provided hygiene awareness sessions for communities including menstrual hygiene management for adolescent girls. Tdh also strengthened protection systems through the training of members of local institutions on child protection in emergencies. Teachers were trained on how to provide psychological and social support to children.

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 2019


60,692 people

Expatriate staff / National staff


1 / 17

Budget 2020


CHF 1,514,487


Where we work

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

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