[PUBLICATION]: Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Policy
Over the past decade, the humanitarian landscape within which ACF operates has become more complex. New hazards have emerged that complicate long-term efforts to extend water and sanitation services—challenges such as urbanization, environmental degradation, climate change and migration, as well as population growth and economic marginalization. These factors provide a new sense of global urgency to Action Against Hunger’s water, sanitation & hygiene (WASH) interventions and this latest publication addresses these key challenges in light of ACF’s three decades of expertise in the sector.
Our WASH activities reduce mortality and morbidity rates among severely malnourished children and work in tandem with our nutrition and food security programs. These activities assist at-risk populations in the prevention and treatment of acute malnutrition, reduce vulnerability to WASH-related diseases, support food security and socio-economic development programs, and help populations build resilience to recurring crises.
For those interested in learning the details of Action Against Hunger’s WASH strategy and approach across our international network, we invite you to read our latest policy paper. The first section details the “why” of our WASH interventions, highlighting challenges and key initiatives within the sector. The second frames the “what,” describing our program objectives and activities. The last articulates the “how,” sharing our principles and values for approaching our operational and technical work, as well as the criteria for our WASH interventions.
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Facts about Hunger
925 million people suffer from hunger and malnutrition around the world.
Malnutrition affects 32.5% of children in developing countries.
1 out of every 6 infants are born with low birth weight due to undernutrition among pregnant women in developing countries.
1 out of every 3 people in developing countries are affected by vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
Hunger is number one on the list of the world's top 10 health risks. It kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.