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Famine threat in Africa's Sahel eases - for now

"The food shortfalls meant farmers had to use depleted reserve cereal stocks to feed their livestock and will now need more than just one good harvest to replenish these stocks, said Jean Francois Caremel of the Action Against Hunger charity in Chad. Caremel added that many poor families had borrowed heavily to survive the drought. A rich cereal harvest will now lead to lower cereal prices, meaning they will need to sell more crops to make enough money to repay the debts.

SAHEL: After 30 years, nutrition strategy revamp at hand

"In Chad Action Against Hunger head Jean-François Carémel said interventions must encompass all these factors. 'The frustration is that the response is focused on curative actions. Acute malnutrition is indeed a medical pathology but it is also social, economic and cultural.'

'“The statistics justify urgent action but also the need for real in-depth, coordinated work on access to and quality of health care. Many approaches exist for preventing malnutrition, including improving food production and livestock breeding and boosting women’s status,' he said."

Flooding Cuts Off Malnourished Villages in Chad

"Oxfam partnered with the humanitarian agency Action Against Hunger on a fact-finding mission in four regions of Chad. [Oxfam's] Bambara said they found an acute nutritional crisis. 'We found that the malnutrition rate is very high even compared to Niger where the situation was already bad,' he added."

One in Four Children's Lives at Risk from Malnutrition in Western Chad

N’DJAMENA, CHAD—One out of every four children under five suffers from acute malnutrition in the Sahel region of Western Chad, according to nutrition surveys carried out by global humanitarian organization Action Against Hunger | ACF International, in collaboration with the Chadian Ministry of Health, UNICEF, and the World Food Programme (WFP). Action Against Hunger has scaled up its programs to treat thousands of malnourished children with the condition and urges long-term preventative measures to strengthen local health systems.

CHAD: Malnutrition outstrips response

"In parts of Chad acute malnutrition levels far exceed the international emergency threshold, according to a new study – fallout, partly, from crop failure hitting already fragile communities where access to basic health services is low and aid agencies are scarce.

Chad: A View from the Ground

Sitting in front of a therapeutic Stabilization Center in Kanem, Western Chad, one-year-old Adam smiles weakly as his mother Hawa cradles him. Determined to save her son, Hawa traveled five days by camel in the burning heat to bring him to the nearest health center. His whole body swollen with edema, Adam was in an advanced stage of acute malnutrition, a condition that can be deadly if left untreated.

Food plant sits idle as millions of children face starvation

"There are millions of children in Niger, Chad, Guatemala, Haiti, Yemen, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan and so many other countries in desperate need of this food. Without proper nutrients, small children suffer physical and mental damage leading to a lifetime of suffering or death. The World Food Programme, Action Against Hunger and other agencies do not have the cash to buy the food that would save these children."

Sahel food crisis underscores need for leadership in fighting hunger

"Action Against Hunger is among a coalition of charities calling for a "Surge" to meet the humanitarian crisis in the Sahel region of Africa. In Niger and Chad there are millions of people suffering from hunger...In Niger, Action Against Hunger reports that 'nearly half a million children under the age of five are acutely malnourished, with a risk of permanent damage or death if they are not treated urgently.'"

Sahel Food Crisis: 10 Leading Aid Agencies Call for Urgent 'Surge' in Aid for 10 Million Hungry People

NEW YORK, NY— Ten leading aid agencies today called for a 'surge' in the humanitarian effort to help 10 million people at risk of acute hunger across the Sahel region of West and Central Africa. The center of the crisis is Niger, where seven million people, almost half the population, have not enough food.

Malnutrition Crisis in Chad Threatens Thousands of Young Lives

Country Director Jean-François Carémel discusses the malnutrition crisis in the Bahr el Ghazal region of western Chad, where Action Against Hunger’s recent surveys show the severe malnutrition rate for children under five at 27 percent—almost double the emergency threshold set by the World Health Organization.

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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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