An Action Against Hunger supported centre in the slums of India.

India

60 million children under five suffer from stunting in India. That's 36% of the world's total under five sufferers. Action Against Hunger has been operating in India since 2010 and is helping to address undernutrition.

With one of the fastest growing economies, India is now the one of the top five of the world’s largest economies, and is showing continuous improvement with a high life expectancy, literacy rate, and health conditions.

On the other hand, it still has a long way to go as shown in its ranking at 62nd among 133 countries in the Inclusive Development Index.

Among the country’s 1.2 billion inhabitants, the conditions for those living in poorer regions are comparable to those of some of the world’s poorest countries. The uptake of key practices, such as early initiation of breastfeeding, exclusive breastfeeding, and complete immunisation, are well below acceptable. 60 million children under five suffer from stunting, comprising 36% of the world’s total under five sufferers, which is mainly caused by undernutrition.

The incessant work of development organisations has led to a positive stance by the central government with the new National Nutrition Mission. It marks the state's acknowledgement of the need to take steps to tackle undernutrition in India.

58,846
People we helped in 2017

What we are doing

In 2017 we:

  • Continued our work with our operational partner the Fight Hunger Foundation
  • Signed a long term agreement with the Rajasthan Government for technical assistance to address undernutrition in the region, and also scaled up our current programme
  • Completed our health and nutrition programme In Madhya Pradesh, and handed it over to the Government
  • Signed a five-year agreement with the Government to work in four high-burden regions in Maharashtra

 

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Photo credits: © Amrita Diwanji / Action Against Hunger

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Facts

Staff
140
Operating since
2010
Bases
New Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Mumbai and Maharashtra