Ibrahim Muhammad, our Local Government Area Technical Advisor in Nigeria, awarded with the 2014 Humanitarian Award

Action Against Hunger UK honors one of our team members for his commitment to ending hunger in Nigeria
Ibrahim Muhammad with UK-based artist and host Tracey Ermin. Photo: Dave Benett
Ibrahim Muhammad with UK-based artist and host Tracey Ermin. Photo: Dave Benett

Action Against Hunger has more than 5,500 dedicated staff who are working to create healthier communities in more than 40 countries around the world. To honor their contributions, each year Action Against Hunger’s UK office presents one field staff member with a Humanitarian Award for service above and beyond the call of duty. Out of hundreds of nominees, this year’s Humanitarian Award winner is Ibrahim Muhammad, our Local Government Area (LGA) Technical Advisor in Nigeria.

Ibrahim has worked with Action Against Hunger since 2011 and has been an invaluable player in our Working to Improve Nutrition in Northern Nigeria (WINNN) program, which is based in rural Jigawa state. Although Nigeria has the second largest economy in Africa, it has also has one of the highest numbers of severely malnourished children in the world. The aim of WINNN is to support the Government of Nigeria in implementing cost-effective, evidence-based nutrition interventions through the country’s primary health care system.

Under WINNN, we are supporting a total of 90 health facilities in Yobe and Jigawa states. There’s a lot that goes on in these health facilities to help treat malnourished children. We are providing micronutrient supplements for children, training families on effective infant and young child feeding practices, delivering lifesaving treatment for severe acute malnutrition, and we’re strengthening nutrition coordination and planning at the state level.

Ibrahim has worked with Action Against Hunger since WINNN began, and has shown incredible dedication, tenacity, and creativity during his time with us. He received his award on November 15th at Action Against Hunger UK’s Fine Wine Auction and Dinner, which raised more than £240,000 (more than $375,000) to support our lifesaving programs around the world. When special guest UK-based artist Tracey Emin presented Ibrahim with the award, she noted, “Ibrahim is not the winner, he’s the deserver, of this award.”

Ibrahim with the canoe he hired to deliver lifesaving supplies. Photo: E. Bimba

Ibrahim with the canoe he hired to deliver lifesaving supplies. Photo: E. Bimba

She recounted a story of his dedication to delivering lifesaving supplies to a remote village that was impossible to get to due to flooding. Many of the roads in the area where he works are simple dirt roads that turn to mud during heavy rains— and it sometimes rains for days on end. Instead of waiting for the floods to subside, Ibrahim went out of his way to hire a canoe (shown above) to help take him and the much-needed supplies to the remote village’s health center. This is just one of many examples of Ibrahim’s dedication to ending hunger in Northern Nigeria, and his dedication is why Action Against Hunger is proud to present him with this year’s humanitarian award.