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People Helped in 2020: 132,110

People Reached by Nutrition and Health Programs 
People Reached by Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs 
People Reached by Food Security and Livelihoods Programs 

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. 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.

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India ranks 94th out of 107 countries on the 2019 Global Hunger Index. Undernutrition in India is the product of the usual suspects: widespread poverty, endemic hunger, rapid population growth, pockets of weak governance, poor health systems and unreliable national indicators, all of which are compounded by issues of caste, ethnicity, religion and gender. Furthermore, India has shown no progress with regards to six other global nutrition goals.

More than 17% of children under four years old suffer from acute malnutrition and 34.7% are stunted. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased these the vulnerabilities in areas with tribal populations and slum settlements, where already-limited access to services and facilities has been strained, and opportunity for employment is in constant flux. 

Action Against Hunger's teams in India responded to the pandemic through telephone counselling, intensive coordination with the healthcare delivery system and local government authorities, and providing target populations with emergency supplies of food and hygiene kits. We also worked to optimise ensure timely identification, treatment, and prevention of malnutrition in children and mothers through community-based approaches and the "First 1,000 Days" program. 

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