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D.R. Congo

Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the largest countries in Africa, with a population of 65 million people and the second largest land mass on the continent. Suffering decades of conflict, regional war, and political neglect, the scale of humanitarian needs in the D.R. Congo becomes clear when you understand that nearly 30% of all children under five suffer from undernutrition. Without treatment, many of these children will succumb to the deadly effects of hunger.

Ending Childhood Malnutrition by 2015

In 2000, world leaders came together to adopt the United Nations Millennium Declaration committing member nations to reduce extreme poverty by 2015. As part of this declaration, world leaders agreed on eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to achieve by the deadline of 2015.

Financial Times Seasonal Appeal Raises $1.6 Million for ACF

NEW YORK, NY—The Financial Times Seasonal Appeal in partnership with Action Against Hunger | ACF International raised a total of $1,639,185 for the global humanitarian organization’s life-saving programs around the world.

“We are delighted that the appeal has raised so much. With recession and rising food prices contributing to further hardship for vulnerable people, the ACF cause is urgent and timely,” said Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times. “Thank you to readers, to fund-matching donors and to others who have given so generously.”

What Works: Sharing and Scaling Up for a More Sustainable Food System

"In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), thousands of lives are threatened by acute malnutrition, a problem that is exacerbated by the country’s internal conflict and poverty. The Congolese Ministry of Health receives support from the organization Action Against Hunger to provide rations of specially formulated Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Foods (RUTF) for children suffering from acute malnutrition."

Feed the baby, protect the milk supply: an example from the Democratic Republic of Congo

"I was reminded of this when Action Against Hunger contacted me to share this video of babies being fed at stabilization centers in the Democratic Repulic of Congo. It shows a baby who was severly malnourished being fed at one of these centers. The mother, malnourished herself, had a very compromised milk supply, and the baby was in real danger. The help they got at this center was supportive of breastfeeding. I'll let you see how."

Fighting deadly malnutrition in D.R. Congo

"Last month I traveled to Kisangani, a mid-sized city that hugs the banks of the famed Congo River, to document Action Against Hunger’s partnership with the Congolese Ministry of Health to combat deadly malnutrition in the three rural health zones around the city...In outpatient centers managed by the Congolese Ministry of Health and integrated into the local health system, nurses trained and equipped by Action Against Hunger are treating and monitoring acutely malnourished children during their weekly visits."

Barber cuts a dash after help for fresh start

"The electric clippers – complete with generator – mirror, combs and gown with which Mr Mirenge plies his trade were provided by Action Against Hunger | ACF International, the charity the Financial Times is supporting in this year’s seasonal appeal. ACF carried out a survey of skills last year in Sake, as more and more refugees returned to the town as fighting between Congo’s myriad armed groups shifted elsewhere, and then provided the equipment needed for people such as Mr Mirenge to run his ­business."

War on crop disease yields a better diet

"In Bunyakiri, a region of 150,000 people where Mr Kamunono’s hamlet of Miowy is situated, four in five plots are affected by the mosaic virus, according Action Against Hunger/ACF International, an anti-malnutrition charity and beneficiary of the Financial Times’ seasonal appeal.

Fighting Deadly Malnutrition in D.R. Congo

"In outpatient centers managed by the Congolese Ministry of Health and integrated into the local health system, nurses trained and equipped by Action Against Hunger are treating and monitoring acutely malnourished children during their weekly visits. Action Against Hunger provides technical and organizational training for the centers’ staff, equipment and therapeutic nutrition products, as well as financial support for badly underfunded hospitals and health centers to purchase medicine and other essentials."

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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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