South Asia Regional Office - New Delhi, India

The South Asia Regional Office staff is comprised of public health and nutrition experts and people who have worked in business, government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The office is led by Dr. Rajan Sankar, Regional Manager.

Project Highlights

The office supports the implementation and monitoring of GAIN-funded projects such as the unique partnership between Renata Limited, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in Bangladesh, and BRAC, a non-governmental organization. The project delivers sachets of vitamin and mineral powder to be added to complementary foods targeted at infants 6 to 24 months old in Bangladesh. Watch the video featuring the project.

The office is also supporting the Naandi Foundation, a local non-governmental organization, to fortify government sponsored midday meals in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. 800,000 children between five and 12 years of age are benefitting from the meals.

Country Stories

"Nourishing people is our business". Read the interview with Siraj Chaudhry, Chairman of Cargill India.

For Leena Joseph fighting malnutrition in India means giving school children the chance of receiving at least one nutritious meal a day. Read Leena's story

Learn more about BRAC Community Health Workers who Play a Key Role in Reducing Child Malnutrition in Bangladesh

Read more about GAIN’s activities in the region.

Event Highlights

Food fortification is considered to be one of the most effective public health measures to control micronutrient deficiency in a population. However, there are no clear guidelines on food fortification for staple foods available.  In April 2011, the National Institute on Nutrition in collaboration with GAIN organized a Stakeholder consultation in Hyderabad, India to review these existing guidelines. Read more

In February 2011, GAIN organized a discussion uniting representatives of government ministries, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, academia and business involved in the fight against maternal and child nutrition. The discussion showcased a locally-driven initiative, which is improving sustained access by marginalized populations to improved nutrition through an innovative public-private partnership harnessing markets and far-reaching distribution channels. Renata Ltd, a local pharmaceutical company, and the local NGO BRAC are working together to enable more than 50 percent of children in Bangladesh access the nutrition necessary for them to live to their full potential. Read more

The GAIN Business Alliance organized an event in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in November 2009 to discuss ways to scale up innovative partnership solutions for school feeding in Bangladesh and to engage business in ensuring nutrition security for children. Read the report

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