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Helping Action Against Hunger to tackle malnourishment in Mumbai

Project completed: March 2019

Who they are

Action Against Hunger is a leading global NGO with 40 years’ experience tackling severe acute malnutrition across nearly 50 countries. 52 million children under five in the world today are suffering from the condition. Poor nutrition in the early years of a child’s life can significantly and permanently damage both brain development and physical growth. These health issues are entirely preventable.

What they do

Action Against Hunger delivers community based programmes to address acute malnutrition and has developed innovative solutions to prevent child hunger through partnerships, research and advocacy.

How we helped

Our support funded a project tackling malnutrition in the Govandi area of Mumbai, one of the largest slums in India, where one in four children is acutely malnourished. The project focussed on the first 1,000 days of a child’s life (from pregnancy to their second birthday), as during this time, malnutrition can result in irreversible long-term damage to their health and development.

Our donation supported the screening of 4,779 children at risk of malnutrition, identifying 392 as malnourished and needing further support. 525 pregnant women and 2,670 breast-feeding mothers were screened and received education sessions on maternal and new-born care, malnutrition and birth preparedness. To give babies a strong start in life, 166 New Born Kits were distributed including items such as blankets, mosquito nets, and baby soap. To ensure our support makes a lasting difference, funding also provided training on maternal and child health to 277 frontline health workers, allowing them to digitalise the data collection and management system and therefore have more time to spend in the communities.

Employees from tcc and the head of the tcc foundation visited the project and saw first-hand the difference the work of Action Against Hunger is having in these communities.