India: overview

India has an estimated population of 1.26 billion (July 2016 est.), making it the world’s second most populous nation in the world after China. With a multi-cultural, multi-lingual and multi-ethnic society, India is home to 17 major regional languages. It has a sophisticated civilisation dating back 5,000 years and is the birth place of four major world religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism whilst Islam, Christianity, Judaism and Zoroastrianism add to the religious diversity.

Although India is the world’s fourth largest economy in purchasing power, it suffers from high levels of poverty, illiteracy and malnutrition with 29.8% of the population living below the poverty line (2010 est.)

India’s Global Hunger Index for 2016 is rated as ‘Serious’. This rating ranks countries on the basis of a combination of three indicators: level of child malnutrition, rates of child mortality, and the proportion of people who are calorie deficient. In 2016, nearly 39% of all children under the age of five suffered from stunted growth – one of the signs often seen in children who have experienced chronic under-nutrition.

Mumbai is a city of huge contrasts.  Home of Bollywood and the world’s diamond polishing trade, it boasts some of the most expensive real estate in the world. However, statistics indicate that more than half of the city’s swelling population lives in ‘informal’ housing or slums.

What we do

The Foundation for Mother and Child Health India, was established in Mumbai in 2006.

By providing health, nutrition and child development programmes, FMCH India aims to eliminate poverty and malnutrition among underprivileged women and children in the communities it serves.

To find out more about our programmes in India, please click on the FMCH India link below.

FMCH India