CINI India, a leading Indian NGO

Child In Need Institute (CINI), a leading Non Government Organization of India founded in Kolkata in 1974 has been working to achieve sustainable development among poor communities living in the city of Kolkata, South 24 Parganas and surrounding areas. Through its field programmes, training and research, the focus has always been on health of women and children, child nutrition and development, adolescent issues and mainstreaming street children through education.

In 1998 CINI was been recognised as a National Mother NGO, under the Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) program by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

Since then CINI has been functioning as MNGO for eight districts of West Bengal namely Kolkata, 24 Parganas (S), Howrah, Hooghly, Nadia, Midnapur, Birbhum, Tamluk. As Mother NGO it supports a network of Field NGOs in advocacy and IEC (Information Education Communication) activities for awareness generation on RCH including safe motherhood, quality care for infants, immunisation, counselling on STD / HIV, adolescent issues, etc.

The National Institute of Health and Family Welfare (NIHFW), New Delhi has also recognised CINI as a Collaborative Training Institute since November 1998. It is primarily involved in RCH training activities in seven North Eastern states of India.


Sustainable development in health, nutrition and education of Child, Adolescent and Woman in need. CINI's programmes aim to:

  • Achieve positive health and nutrition status of women and children
  • Motivate the community to adopt positive health actions of sustainable change
  • Sensitize the local self-government (Panchayat) about the health needs of the community and develop effective linkage at different levels especially between the Panchayat and the government health systems


Top CINI reaches out to more than 1,10,000 of the rural population in South 24 Parganas, 2,50,000 of the urban poor population in Kolkata, more than 5,000 street children in Kolkata and 1,000 sex workers in four rural red light areas.

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Thrust Areas

  • Top Safe motherhood & child survival Nutritional services for vulnerable groups
  • Prevention & management of unwanted pregnancies
  • Reproductive health services for adolescents
  • Prevention and treatment of RTI/STI and gynaecological morbidities
  • Gender relations and women's empowerment Increasing male involvement
  • Improving Adolescent and Youth (10 - 24years) health status

CINI Strategy and Divisions

CINI works to fulfil its mission through the Life Cycle Approach strategy and several divisions.

To fulfil its mission CINI works through four divisions: Child Health and Development, Women's Health, Adolescent Health and Monitoring, Evaluation and Research.

Child Health and Development Division is primarily involved in implementing child health and nutrition related projects for children below three years within the Life Cycle Approach strategy.

Women Health Division matches its activities to the mission of CINI by ensuring and providing sustainable health and nutrition development of women and children in need. A gamut of women's health specific programs are addressed to promote better reproductive and sexual health.

Adolescent Health Division seeks to contribute meaningfully and effectively towards improving adolescent and youth (10 to 24 years) status. The Adolescent Resource Centre is involved in research, documentation, training and technical capacity building, contributing towards the development of policies and programs through policy analysis, advocacy and information dissemination.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Division undertake baseline surveys, data analysis and interpretation, on the basis of which ongoing projects are reviewed and adapted. It also carries out research and pilot studies as required.

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Honours & Awards

CINI has received a number of Local, National and International awards and recognitions. Prominent among them are: 1986 The National Award in the field of Child Welfare given by the President of India 1991 The International Prize "Liguria" from Genoa, Italy 1991, ...
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Bank Account: 320.0117502.08

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