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"It's not too late" for the Horn of Africa, urges Dan Rather

Life threatening conditions have reached catastrophic levels in the Horn of Africa, with the United Nations declaring famine in parts of Somalia, but people can still save lives and help restore self-sufficiency, says veteran newsman Dan Rather in a new public service announcement (PSA) produced for Action Against Hunger.

Horn of Africa: Tyco Emergency Funding Supports Safe Water Project in Kenya

Action Against Hunger’s partnership with Tyco International, the Clean Water Access Initiative, has made an emergency grant of $50,000 in support of a clean water project in a drought-stricken region of Kenya.

Window of Opportunity to Save Lives in Somalia Closing

Open Letter: Putting People Before Politics in Somalia

Floods in Bangladesh Displace 1.5 Million, Threaten Food Crops

Heavy monsoon rains in the late summer months have caused several major rivers in Bangladesh to burst their banks, displacing 1.5 million people and inflicting significant damages on the country’s crops and productive resources. Action Against Hunger’s experts are also concerned that the resulting stagnant or standing water will lead to outbreaks of waterborne illnesses in the coming weeks—outbreaks that can contribute to malnutrition among children under the age of five years.

To date, the floods have taken a debilitating toll on millions of people:

Bolstering Relief Efforts, ACF Reinforcements Reach Djibouti, Somalian Refugees in Ethiopia

In an effort to enhance its emergency response across the Horn of Africa, which is facing its worst humanitarian crisis in decades, Action Against Hunger continues to ship water and sanitation equipment and critical food supplies to the region to reinforce its ongoing efforts.

Torrential Rains and Monsoon Flooding Affect Millions in Southern Pakistan

Heavy monsoon rains have inundated southern Pakistan, displacing some 200,000 people and leaving an estimated five million people in need of humanitarian assistance across the Balochistan and Sindh Provinces. In response to the Government of Pakistan’s call for international support, Action Against Hunger has launched rapid needs assessments in the Sindh Province to determine emergency needs among the affected communities, many of which have yet to fully recover from the historic floods of 2010.

Horn of Africa Crisis: What We're Doing in Somalia

Across Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and Djibouti, we’re helping thousands of children in the hardest-hit regions—from the 3,000 malnourished children we’re treating in Somalia, to our efforts in Garbatulla, Kenya, where one in five children is now malnourished. We’re racing to reduce the impact of water shortages by constructing wells, drilling boreholes, and installing storage devices to capture future rainfall, in addition to promoting hygiene to prevent the spread of diarrhea, cholera, and other water-borne diseases.

Horn of Africa Crisis: Progress to Date, Daunting Challenges Ahead

Given the immense scale of the humanitarian disaster affecting the Greater Horn of Africa—some 12 million people across four countries—we fear this devastating food crisis will continue well into next year. Even as we struggle to reach everyone in need of help, it’s clear that hundreds of thousands of families will remain in urgent need of food and assistance in the coming months, even if the rains arrive later this year.

Famine Declared in Somalia as Scale & Scope Reach Catastrophic Levels

MOGADISHU, SOMALIA—With life-threatening conditions reaching catastrophic levels in parts of Eastern Africa, the United Nations took the extraordinary step of declaring famine in parts of Somalia, a classification defined by mortality rates greater than two people per 10,000 per day across a specific region, along with skyrocketing rates of deadly malnutrition (above 30% for children under five), among other indicators.

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Action Against Hunger is internationally recognized as a leader in the fight against global malnutrition. Action Against Hunger works to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger. With over 30 years of expertise in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity, Action Against Hunger runs life-saving programs in some 40 countries benefiting 5 million people each year.

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