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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.

Bringing Baby Peter Back to Health

Editor's Note: This piece is the first in a series leading up to World Food Day on October 16th. We're proud to be highlighting some of our nutrition success stories from West Pokot, Kenya, and wish to extend our gratitude to partners UNICEF and ECHO (The European Community Humanitarian Office) for supporting these programs.

Baby Peter cannot sit still. Each time his mother, Mary, sits him down on her lap the two-year-old wriggles free and runs away giggling.

A Widening Smile: Baby Ilias' Story

Hasna, a mother in Kenya, faced a dilemma. Her young son Ilias was sick, very sick. He was not able to keep any nutrients in his little body, suffering from severe nausea, diarrhea, and fever. After she watched in anguish as he deteriorated for two straight days, Hasna was left with only one option—to travel nearly ten miles on foot with her baby to get him the care he so desperately needed.

Ten Things that Make Action Against Hunger Unique

Every day, new people from around the world find their way onto our website. I’ll often get messages from new visitors, complimenting a blog post on activities in one of our program countries, or on an innovative partnership. But I also recognize that sometimes when you’re new, you simply want to be welcomed with a solid overview of who we are and what we do. This is for you. Welcome to our community of people inspired to save the lives of malnourished children around the world! Explore a list of the ten things you need to know about Action Against Hunger, and enjoy our new video.

Creating Healthy Futures for Kids Across Pakistan

For years, Action Against Hunger has stood in solidarity with the people in Pakistan, helping them recover from crises ranging from natural disasters to political conflicts. Now Pakistan is confronting another urgent crisis—alarming rates of childhood malnutrition. Nearly half of children under five in the country are chronically malnourished, and another fifteen percent suffer from life-threatening acute malnutrition. As a result of these high numbers, nearly thirty-five percent of young child deaths nationally are related to malnutrition.

Cash for Communities in Northern Nigeria: Grants for At-Risk Groups

Though Nigeria is one of the wealthiest nations in Africa, it also has one of the highest rates of childhood malnutrition. In northern Nigeria, low household income, volatile food prices, and recurring annual food shortages have left an estimated 800,000 children at risk of severe malnutrition.

Nigerian Communities Hit High Note in Hygiene and Sanitation

At Action Against Hunger, we’re all about promoting good nutrition and saving those who are severely malnourished. It’s well-known that having access to clean water and sanitation facilities, and knowing the ins and outs of good hygiene, are all important factors in fighting malnutrition. Without these things in place, disease can run rampant.

Celebrating Moms in Afghanistan for Mother’s Day

Action Against Hunger loves moms. Our expert field staff understands that a mother’s health and well-being can affect the health of her children, and even her whole community. That’s why so many of our programs focus on treating, educating, and empowering mothers, so they can become healthy themselves and help their families thrive. In honor of Mother’s Day, we are sharing the story of two moms who benefitted from our efforts in Afghanistan.

No Hospitals to Help Victims of Violence In Central African Republic

Last weekend, violent clashes once again shook the Central African Republic. In the capital, Bangui, and in the region of Bossangoa, the population waits for stability and emergency aid. Bossangoa is now a ghost town: half of its inhabitants have fled, fearing for their safety, and are living in unsafe makeshift camps. The area has been completely looted, including the therapeutic nutrition center where Action Against Hunger teams had been treating severely malnourished children.

Disability is Not Inability: Stories of Success, Despite Physical Limitations

At Action Against Hunger, we help people who face extreme hardships every day to survive. Many lack access to basic necessities like food and water; others are struggling to rebuild after a disaster. On top of these difficulties, some people we serve also have physical limitations that make their situations even more challenging. But our work with these extraordinary people proves that disability does not mean inability, and that everyone can contribute in their own way to community development.

"We Were Eating Weeds": From Suffering to Success in Kenya

In 2011, more than 20% of people in the arid southern region of Kenya called Garbatulla District were suffering from deadly malnutrition due to severe drought. In response to these alarming numbers, Action Against Hunger provided emergency nutrition programs in twenty-five communities throughout Garbatulla District. Our teams trained local leaders and volunteers to help identify and educate those in need, and worked collaboratively with these volunteers to strengthen and improve our programs based on feedback from participants. 


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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