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Action Against Hunger is a global humanitarian organisation that saves the lives of malnourished children while bringing sustainable solutions to hunger and safe water to people faced with life-threatening conditions. Our life-saving programs assist some five million people in over 40 countries each year.

The (Earth) Science of Saving Lives: Trayle Kulshan on Why She Loves Working with Water

Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Coordinator Trayle Kulshan works with Action Against Hunger in Kenya where she oversees the extension of water and sanitation improvements to vulnerable populations in the region. The problems Trayle works on in Kenya include protecting water points from contamination, constructing fresh-water wells, and installing water-filtration systems.

Providing Clean, Safe Water To Millions Of Families: Voices from the Field

The human body can only last a few days without water—it’s essential for proper health and facilitates a range of life-sustaining functions like digestion, metabolic stability, and cell and organ health. While most of us know we ought to drink more water than we do, few understand what it means to go without water or to rely on filthy or contaminated sources.

Ending Malnutrition: How New Tools are Reshaping Our Options on Hunger

The numbers are stark and heartbreaking: Every year, nearly 20 million children across the world will suffer from severe acute malnutrition. More than five million of them will die. Countless others will suffer permanent physical damage, including stunted growth and developmental delays.

But the outlook for these children does not have to be so grim. Organizations such as Action Against Hunger have made huge strides in learning how to treat acutely malnourished children.

Muttur: Commemorating Two Years Since The Tragedy

Two years ago on 4th August 2006, 17 Action Against Hunger humanitarian aid workers were executed on their base in Muttur in Sri Lanka. They were killed in the offices of a humanitarian organization, a place which had, until then, been considered as a safe house. 17 of our colleagues, 17 friends, brothers and sisters. 13 men and 4 women. A father and his daughter, a mother and five fathers. 11 of them had not yet reached the age of 30. 17 human beings who lost their lives because they wanted to help others.

Rise in Food Prices: Broad Concerns, Implications, Solutions

Food prices have risen dramatically around the world in recent months, fueling widespread concern and social unrest in communities confronted with devastating price increases when buying provisions. Exactly what accounts for this wild upswing in market prices and what do these trends hold for those already living in precarious conditions?

Working to Avert a Water and Latrine Crisis in Kenya

Action Against Hunger / Action Contre la Faim (ACF) has renewed its commitment to increasing local access to latrines and safe water in Mandera, Kenya as the world community marks the International Year of Sanitation and World Water Day this March 22nd. Water and sanitation conditions are a major concern in Mandera, Kenya’s North Eastern Province, where latrine coverage is less than 60% and less than 20% of all households have access to drinking water.

Expanding the Ready-to-Eat Revolution: New Tools Target Malnutrition

The nutritional product “Plumpy’nut” has received some media attention recently. Despite the cute name, this product has shown considerable promise when it comes to tackling childhood malnutrition. As a “ready-to-use-therapeutic-food,” or RUTF, it is a nutritional product that could have a significant impact on the 34 million children who suffer from severe forms of acute malnutrition around the world: a tiny percentage—only about 7-13%—of them ever receive treatment, resulting in as many as 1 million childhood deaths each year.

Global Water Initiative Created in Response to World Water Crisis

New York, NY—A new partnership has been launched to address the declining state of the world’s fresh water supply and the lack of access to clean water services by the world’s poorest people. The Global Water Initiative (GWI) brings together a group of seven leading international NGOs, including Action Against Hunger | ACF International, CARE, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), The World Conservation Union (IUCN), International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Oxfam America and SOS Sahel – UK.

World Food Day: The State of Global Malnutrition

Since 1980 when the UN first celebrated World Food Day, October 16th has served as a day to “heighten public awareness of the world food problem and strengthen solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition, and poverty.” Action Against Hunger marks the day by renewing its call for governments, foundations, and private philanthropists around the globe to join us and our colleagues in our efforts to eliminate hunger.

Mali: Estimated 96% of Mothers Bet on Breastmilk During First Hours of Life

Some 96% of mothers in Mali’s Gao region do not consider colostrum dangerous for their infants, and eight of every ten allow them to breastfeed in the first 24 hours after birth. Colostrum – a thick, yellowish milk produced by a mother’s breasts only in the days immediately after childbirth – is high in antibodies, carbohydrates, and protein, and important for infant health. Many cultures are suspicious of colostrum, believing that it can cause children to experience diarrhea and other illnesses.

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About Action Against Hunger | ACF International

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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