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ACF Liberia: Renforcement du système intégré de gestion et de prévention de la malnutrition dans le Grand Monrovia

Liberia's capitial, Monrovia, is home to a third of the nation's population, intensifying pressure on resources and installations such as water and sanitation facilities. ACF launched an eleven month integrated food security and nutrition programme in April 2011 following reports of widespread malnutrition throughout the country by a Comprehensive Food Security & Nutrition Survey in 2010 and pilot program run by ACF. The objective of the programme was to reduce morbidity and mortality from malnutrition in children under five years old in Greater Monrovia.

ACF Case Study: Liberia: Strengthening integrated systems for management and prevention of malnutrition in Greater Monrovia

Liberia's capital, Monrovia, is home to a third of the nation's population, intensifying pressure on resources and installations such as water and sanitation facilities. ACF launched an eleven month integrated food security and nutrition programme in April 2011 following reports of widespread malnutrition throughout the country by a Comprehensive Food Security & Nutrition Survey in 2010 and pilot program run by ACF.

Feeding Hunger & Insecurity: The Global Food Price Crisis

Action Against Hunger | ACF International’s latest Hunger Watch briefing paper, this publication surveys households in Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and the Central African Republic in the wake of the global food crisis and finds that inflated food prices may not have an immediate impact on acute malnutrition at the national level, but that they have a significant and consistent impact on livelihood

Liberia

Liberia suffered greatly during the 14 year civil war that tore the country apart. Despite the formal end of hostilities with the Accra Peace Agreement of 2003, the effects of this protracted, devastating conflict can still be seen today as Liberians grapple with a legacy of destroyed infrastructure, widespread poverty, very poor living conditions, and malnutrition rates of more than 20% for children under five years of age.

LIBERIA: Rewarding Nutritional Risk-Takers

"The majority of Liberian children are fed a uniform diet of rice mixed with sauce and a smattering of vegetables, according to nutrition specialist Cherie Fulk with NGO Action Contre La Faim. 'Fruit and vegetables are not highly valued among many communities – rice is the thing,' she said."

LIBERIA: Making malnutrition a health issue

"Action Contre la Faim (ACF), an NGO supporting therapeutic feeding centres for malnourished children in the capital, Monrovia, said 45 percent of children who died before reaching the age of five were underweight."

LIBERIA: Breaking breastfeeding myths

"ACF staff regularly hear widespread beliefs about breastfeeding perils: It is dangerous to breastfeed while pregnant as it could weaken the unborn infant; women should not breastfeed if a previous child has died while breastfeeding; and breastfeeding over time is dangerous as breast milk can mix with blood."

LIBERIA: Acute malnutrition a "social problem"

“'The high levels of acutely malnourished [children] are partly a hangover from the war,' said James Fireman, manager of the Action Contre la faim (ACF)-supported outpatient feeding centre for children in Pipeline, a northern Monrovia suburb."

Dependence and Devastation in Liberia: Global Food Prices Wreak Havoc in Monrovia

The humanitarian organization Action Against Hunger / Action Contre la Faim (ACF) released a report detailing the devastating impact of rising food prices in Monrovia, Liberia where vulnerable communities can no longer feed themselves and rates of acute malnutrition are rising dramatically. Action Against Hunger has recorded a 40% increase in admissions to therapeutic nutrition programs in Monrovia from January to June of 2008—a clear indication that vulnerability has become acute as rates of malnutrition climb.

Global Food Crisis & Liberia: Why Are We Waiting to Act?

Humanitarian organization Action Against Hunger | ACF-USA has published a report about the effects of rising food prices on people living in Monrovia, Liberia. Action Against Hunger is now raising the alarm about the seriousness of the situation. Urgent intervention is needed to prevent the situation from deteriorating any further. However, the international community is yet to turn empty declarations of intention into firm and decisive action.

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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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