Despite its status as an economic powerhouse, India has the largest number of children suffering from life-threatening malnutrition in the world.
A staggering eight million children under five years are at risk of life-threatening hunger. Acute malnutrition is particularly prevalent in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, where 35 per cent and 20 per cent of all children, respectively, are affected by the most severe type of malnutrition.
What we are doing
We launched programmes in India in 2011 to help address acute malnutrition. We are working with health authorities and local partners to help integrate the treatment of acute malnutrition within communities and at home, so malnourished children can access the treatment they need before it becomes critical, and without the need for their parents or carers to make long trips to hospitals. Our programmes also focus on the promotion of good maternal and child nutrition as well as adequate hygiene and care practices to prevent life-threatening malnutrition.
We are working to boost health authorities’ ability to address the condition by training health care workers to treat the condition, so more children can be reached in their own communities. And we’re conducting nutritional surveys to document the extent of acute malnutrition in India and develop adequate solutions in collaboration with public health partners.