Poor health can drastically limit a child’s development—physically and mentally—and diminish his or her long-term life prospects. In India, many children suffer from preventable and treatable illnesses like those caused by intestinal worms, which prevent them from going to school and stunt their growth. In fact, malnutrition and stunting are significant challenges among India’s children: One in every three malnourished child in the world lives in India (UNICEF). And this only heightens their risk of other serious, life threatening illnesses like pneumonia and malaria.
At Children’s Hope India we believe that every child should have access to basic medical care and we strive to ensure that all of the children we serve through our projects receive this care and have a chance to not only survive, but thrive. In India, where the public health system is overwhelmed and under-financed, organizations like Children’s Hope India fill an important gap in helping poorer children obtain critical medical care. The services we support range from informing parents about nutrition and hygiene to encouraging them to have their children immunized from diseases like measles, from providing eye exams to lifesaving heart surgeries.