India has the highest rate of infant mortality anywhere in the world. Approximately 6,000 children die in India every day (UNICEF 2010), the majority of them from preventable causes, and studies published in January 2012 show that nearly half of all children under the age of five are clinically malnourished.
Women in India are 80 times more likely to die during childbirth than in the UK (UNICEF 2005). The key reasons for this are a lack of access to basic healthcare and monitoring during pregnancy for poorer women, as well as malnutrition and anaemia, which are closely linked.
One in four Indian children aged 6 - 11 does not go to school (World Bank), making them easy prey for exploitation in the areas of child-labour, prostitution and child marriage.
Nearly 70% of all Indian children claim to have been physically abused while 53% claim they have been sexually abused (Indian Ministry of Child Development).
These are the critical problems women and children in India face, in a daily struggle for survival. CINI is addressing these through our four core areas of operation:
Health – working with communities to ensure safe pregnancy and childbirth, tackling reproductive and sexual health problems in young people and preventing HIV/AIDS. See more
Nutrition – reducing malnutrition through treatment of severe cases in children, providing preventative nutritional support to children and educating families about nutrition. See more
Education – Getting vulnerable children into education, combating child-labour and early marriage as impediments to education and highlighting gaps in education provision. See More
Child protection – Highlighting exploitative practices such as child-labour, early marriage, sexual abuse and trafficking, upholding children’s rights and campaigning to end discrimination. See more