Fighting malnutrition in India

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

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.

In the Sundarbans (in the Ganges delta), children suffering from severe malnutrition are treated in a centre specialised in nutrition run by the SSDC (Suburban Social Development Centre), Tdh’s local partner. Their mothers may also receive treatment at the centre and nurses are on hand to teach them best practices with regard to food and hygiene.

Other work carried out by Tdh involves improving the hygiene conditions of children and their parents by building toilets and wells for drinking water. We also endeavour to provide the local community with the means to sustain themselves. For example, we distribute organic seeds to families so that they can plant raised gardens. This helps to protect their crops in the event of flooding and ensures that they can continue to feed their family.