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India is a country of great contrasts. Besides a few very rich people and booming industries, a large part of the population lives in poverty – many without secure access to food and water.

Although India has seen great progress in the fight against poverty in recent years, UNDP figures revealed that 16 percent out of the 1.4 billion people were still living in poverty prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. Around 90 percent of these originate from rural areas and about one third of children aged between 6 months and 5 years are chronically malnourished.

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In close partnership with the UNNATI and Pro Vision, we are particularly committed to fighting poverty among disadvantaged population groups in the states of Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu. Taking on a holistic approach, our aim is to break the cycle of poverty and dependency and to improve people's living conditions as well as access to food security. In addition to preventative measures designed to strengthen people’s resilience against future disasters, India is one of several countries where we are implementing a human rights-based Global WASH program to enhance water, sanitation and hygiene conditions. In our “Womenpreneurs4Plastic” project, which also spans cross-country, we are addressing the plastic problem by its root and support women on their journey to a self-determined life.

Covid-19 pandemic in India: How we supported people in crisis

In India, the spread of the delta virus variant caused the numbers of new infections to reach dramatic highs by late April 2021. The healthcare system collapsed. Hospitals lacked the capacity to care for everyone in need. The socio-economic effects were equally catastrophic. We...

  • … supplied over 30 hospitals, health facilities and health workers with medical equipment.
  • … provided medical supplies for health and isolation centers at village level.
  • … assisted in transporting patients to hospitals for serious cases.
  • … enabled vaccinations for more than 67,000 people in need.


News from India:


Sustainable plastic management in Asia

Dense palm trees line the shore, the beach lies picturesquely in a small bay on the edge of the town of Agasthiswaram in the state of Tamil Nadu. But the idyll is deceptive: here at the southern tip of India, where the Gulf of Mannar and the Arabian Sea meet, one of Asia's biggest environmental problems cannot be overlooked: Empty packaging, bottles and fishing nets are floating in the sea. Fish stocks - and thus the livelihood of many people in the region - are already acutely endangered. In our project countries India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Nepal, we have launched a new project together with long-standing local partner organizations that addresses the plastic problem, creates local structures for waste disposal and recycling, and at the same time offers women new income opportunities.

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India: Malteser International provides emergency medical aid

The spread of a new Coronavirus mutation has led to a dramatic increase in the number of new infections in India over the past few days. In no other country in the world are so many people being infected with the virus. “The news reaching us from India is frightening. People are dying in front of hospitals because there is no capacity. There is a shortage of oxygen, intensive care beds, and medical supplies. We are doing everything we can to help right now,” said Cordula Wasser, Head of the Asia Department of Malteser International.

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As a sponsoring partner, your regular donation gives real, life-changing help to people in need in our project regions. Your commitment helps us plan ahead and bring about long-lasting impact.

  • We put your generous donation to use, bringing help to those who need it most.
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Our work in India

Project regions: Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu

Partner: UNNATI, Pro Vision


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