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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.

 

Treating malnourishedd children

In the Sundarbans (in the Ganges delta), children suffering from severe malnutrition are treated in a centre specialised in nutrition run by the SSDC (Sundarban Social Development Centre), Tdh’s local partner. Their mothers also receive basic health check-up along with nutrition counselling, deworming and medication for anaemia. The nurses in the facility are on hand to teach them best practices with regard to food and hygiene.

Guaranteeing an access to hygiene and food

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 train and provide hand holding support to families in setting 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.

These projects help to treat some 30,000 malnourished children.