ACF's Impact in 2012

157,000 people saved from deadly hunger.
ACF provided nutritional care for 157,000 severely malnourished individuals in 2012.

Whether it was food shortages in the Sahelpolitical tensions in the new nation of South Sudan, or the difficulties faced by displaced communities in Pakistan and D.R. Congo, the need for humanitarian assistance hasn’t let up.

All last year, Action Against Hunger was on the frontlines, providing lifesaving assistance while restoring self-sufficiency to millions of people in more than 40 countries.

Here’s a glimpse of some of our accomplishments in 2012:

157,000 Undernourished Brought Back to Health

Mother and child in Djibouti.Action Against Hunger treated more than 157,000 severely malnourished individuals in Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, South Sudan, D.R. Congo and Pakistan lat year. From providing lifesaving therapeutic interventions to children on the brink of death, to giving mobile care to undernourished pregnant and nursing mothers and to children on their road to recovery, our reach was wide in 2012. Two country-specific examples are listed below.

42,000 Young Lives Saved in D.R. Congo

A child in D.R. Congo.Action Against Hunger has worked alongside the Congolese Ministry of Health since 2003 to help strengthen local health systems across the Democratic Republish of the Congo while building in-country capacity to manage deadly malnutrition. In 2012, our teams trained thousands of health workers, equipped hundreds of hospitals and health centers, and provided lifesaving therapeutic care over 42,000 severely malnourished kids. 

36,000 Severely Malnourished Treated in Nigeria

A child in Nigeria.Action Against Hunger tripled the number of children it treated for malnutrition in Nigeria—from 12,000 cases in 2011 to 36,000 young lives saved in 2012. With some of the highest malnutrition levels in the world, ACF works with the Nigerian government to strengthen the capacity of its health systems and ensure access to lifesaving nutritional care for tens of thousands of children.

662,000 Benefit from Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene Initiatives

Little boy enjoys water.In Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, South Sudan, D.R. Congo and Pakistan alone, Action Against Hunger helped 662,000 people access essential water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions. In 2012 we slashed waterborne disease rates by providing access to clean and safe drinking water, building sustainable sanitation facilities like latrines, and training communities in how to maintain good hygiene in all areas of their lives.

550,000 People See Self-Sufficiency Restored

Woman plants seeds.Action Against Hunger helps millions get back on their feet each year, and 2012 was no different with over half a million people assisted across Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, D.R. Congo and Pakistan alone—small farmers retooling after a drought, poor communities investing in productive assets, households developing income opportunities, and the bolstering of local economies through targeted cash-based interventions.

170,000 Gain Access to Clean Water in Kenya

Child in Kenya carries jerrycan.Action Against Hunger ensured that some 170,000 Kenyans were able to access clean water in 2012, along with sanitation improvements and hygiene practices that help prevent life-threatening diseases like cholera and dysentery. In a range of contexts, ACF works with national and local authorities to ensure adequate supplies of clean water for health centers and vulnerable communities across Kenya’s arid regions.

207,000 Gain Food Security in Two Conflict-Ridden Nations

South Sudanese woman carries peanuts.In countries like South Sudan and D.R. Congo, instability and food insecurity are often the norm. But in 2012 we helped 207,000 individuals – 59,000 in South Sudan and 148,000 in D.R. Congo – create sustainable solutions to hunger. We built farms, provided food- and income-generating livestock, and energized markets by training women and men to develop useful, marketable trades and skills.

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The year 2012 saw its share of devastating natural disasters, bouts of deadly malnutrition, and food crises.