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 The Challenges for Children

India is the world's largest democracy, a global center of technology and finance, the home of megacities Delhi and Mumbai, and a driving force in the world economy-India is surging ahead. But despite its exponential rate of economic growth, millions of children are being left behind.

No other country in the world sees as many children die from preventable and treatable diseases as India.

More than 40 million children below the age of 14 work in hazardous occupations – mining, selling food on the streets, and domestic labor.

There is more wealth in India than ever before, but it has not yet translated into healthcare, education or better nutrition for the poor.

Save the Children in India

Save the Children India became an independent organization two years ago, and has since achieved the following successes:

  • Across the country, we're inspiring influential public figures to help us put an end to needless child deaths.
  • We're taking healthcare to the impoverished areas of India and have pioneered new ways of reaching communities with simple solutions to malnutrition and child and maternal deaths.
  • We're working in nearly 2,000 communities to shift attitudes towards child labor in agriculture, which employs a third of India's working children.

On September 18, 2014, the India Newborn Action Plan (INAP) and the Saving Newborn Lives (SNL)-supported State of the Newborn in India (SOIN) 2014 Report were launched. This historic event was chaired by the Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, with Bill and Melinda Gates as Guests of Honor.

The INAP aims to reduce the number of newborn deaths in India from 29 per 1,000 live births to less than 10 by 2030. The global deadline for reducing newborn and stillborn deaths in India is 2035. Save the Children India played a critical role in shaping the INAP and was tasked with assisting the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to develop technical guidelines for priority newborn interventions.

Last Updated October 2014