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Photo Story: Creating Healthier Futures for Children in India

Despite its status as an economic powerhouse, India has the largest number of malnourished children in the world— according to UNICEF, one in every three malnourished children lives in India. One of those children was Prahlad Ramesh, from Dhawati village in India’s Madya Pradesh state.

Prahlad and his mother in their fields.

Thousands of Families Devastated by Floods in Northern India

Approximately 5,000 people have been killed by severe floods in the Indian state of Uttarakhand over the past two weeks, with torrential rains devastating thousands of lives and leaving 3,000 people still missing.

Although the monsoon season has just started, extreme weather over the last fortnight has affected more than 180 villages and destroyed 1,000 homes in north India.  The extreme rains have caused two key rivers to rise and pour over the region, increasing the risk of waterborne disease.


India is often distinguished as the most populous democracy in the world, but India occupies a rarefied place when it comes to assessing global hunger, with its sky-high rates of deadly malnutrition and its staggering numbers of undernourished children. The scale of malnutrition in India makes it ground zero in the fight to end child deaths from deadly undernutrition.

About Action Against Hunger | ACF International

Action Against Hunger is internationally recognized as a leader in the fight against global malnutrition. Action Against Hunger works to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger. With over 30 years of expertise in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity, Action Against Hunger runs life-saving programs in some 40 countries benefiting 5 million people each year.

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