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D.R. Congo

Building Capacity in Congo: A Life-Saving Partnership

The Democratic Republic of Congo is still a nation in crisis, reeling from years of brutal conflict and neglect, and struggling with widespread poverty, food insecurity, uneven economic development, and regional instability. As a result, the country experiences routine outbreaks of acute malnutrition that threaten thousands of lives.

Market-Based Solution Helps Displaced Families in Eastern D.R. Congo

Action Against Hunger is doing something new in war-torn eastern Democratic Republic of Congo: using a local market-based solution to provide people with what they want.

Pennsylvania Church Helps Bring Clean Drinking Water to Thousands in D.R. Congo

After years of violent conflict and decades of neglect, much of the Democratic Republic of Congo lacks basic infrastructure, including water systems. Without access to clean water, thousands of Congolese children die every year from preventable water-related diseases like cholera, diarrhea, and dysentery. Action Against Hunger is working throughout the country to ensure that families in distress have sustainable access to clean drinking water.

ACF Responds to Nutrition Crisis in D.R. Congo

DJUMA, BANDUNDU, D.R CONGO—Action Against Hunger | ACF International found some of the highest rates of acute malnutrition the organization has ever seen in the Democratic Republic of Congo during its latest nutrition survey in Djuma, a health zone in the southern province of Bandundu.

ACF Provides Seeds, Tools, and Hope in D.R. Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo is a nation in crisis. Rich in diamonds, gold, and nickel, the country has long depended on the extractive industry. But when the global economic recession caused the price of minerals to plummet, mining companies across Congo closed, and hundreds of thousands of workers were laid off. Already reeling from years of conflict, which continues to ravage parts of the country, many families have been forced to eke out a meager living on their land.

Children in southern Congo face acute starvation

"With these mass retrenchments, poverty increased and people grew more hungry. According to the global humanitarian group Action Against Hunger, the situation has deteriorated to such extent that the lives of thousands of people, in particular 6500 children, are acutely threatened by severe malnutrition and starvation."

Thousands Face Starvation in Southern D.R. Congo

KANANGA & MBUJI-MAYI, D.R CONGO—The global humanitarian group Action Against Hunger | ACF International is calling for urgent action to treat the thousands of children with severe acute malnutrition in the Kasai provinces of southern Democratic Republic of Congo. Recent nutrition surveys uncovered an alarming number of children with the life-threatening condition in an area largely neglected by international donors, who are focused on the country’s war-torn eastern region.

Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene: Life-Sustaining Services

It’s a bitter irony that the torrential rains of a tropical cyclone can leave millions of people without a drop of clean water. When Cyclone Nargis ravaged coastal Myanmar—claiming over 80,000 lives—survivors found that their wells and rice paddies were badly contaminated by brackish floodwaters. Safe drinking water was difficult to obtain; agriculture was nearly impossible.

Simple Responses to Child Mortality Make a Dramatic Difference in DR Congo

““We try to reinforce [local capacity] to treat and prevent malnutrition,” explained Abel Nimpojeje, a nutritionist with the non-governmental organization Action Contre la Faim, which is rolling out services in 27 health clinics in the province.”

Refugees in Uganda: Emergency WASH Programs

The recent political instability in the D.R. Congo has forced many Congolese nationals to flee fighting by crossing the border into western Uganda. In the last few weeks of 2008, some 200 refugees crossed into Uganda each day. Many humanitarian organizations are on site to assist the 1.2 million already displaced in the D.R. Congo; others have moved to provide assistance to the 50,000 new arrivals in Uganda.

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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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