Fighting malnutrition in India

One of Terre des hommes’ main objectives in the Sundarbans in India is to improve health and nutrition among children, particularly under the age of 5, pregnant women and nursing mothers.

India

Despite a fast-growing economy, almost half of India’s children suffer from malnutrition and do not have access to safe drinking water or decent sanitation facilities. In addition, the country is prone to natural disasters, which only exacerbates the situation. Terre des hommes improves the health and nutrition status of children under the age of 5, pregnant women and mothers.

In the flood prone areas of the Sundarbans region in the Ganges delta, Tdh fights against the mortality of children under five and their mothers using a community-led approach that includes ecological water, sanitation and hygiene as well as elevated gardens that resist against the floods and improve the nutrition status of families.

Reducing disaster risks

We raise awareness among the community about improving hygiene practices to prevent the spread of diseases.Tdh also improves the hygiene conditions of children and their parents by building toilets and wells for drinking water. We endeavour to provide the local community with the means to sustain themselves. To reach this goal, we train and support families with tools and knowledge to set up raised nutrition gardens in their homestead. This helps to protect their crops in the event of flooding and ensures that they can continue to feed their family in times of adverse weather conditions. We also give awareness sessions to pregnant and lactating women on the importance of having a dietary diversity, and the importance of breastfeeding for their child’s development.