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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."

Niger Responds to Acute Malnutrition

"Many agencies are working to address the immediate needs of this crisis and the longer-term solutions to malnutrition and food insecurity in Niger. Donations to Helen Keller International, Catholic Relief Services, or Action Against Hunger will be directed to Niger’s neediest populations. You can also share this story with family and friends, as the gravity of the situation in Niger remains largely unknown to the US public."

A Famine Looms In Niger

"Many agencies are working to address the immediate needs of this crisis and the longer-term solutions to malnutrition and food insecurity in Niger. Donations to Helen Keller International, Catholic Relief Services, or Action Against Hunger will be directed to Niger’s neediest populations."

Acute malnourishment threatens Niger's children

"An estimated 3.3 million people in Niger are facing severe food shortages as a result of poor rains and harvests in 2009. They are among 4.6 million individuals across West Africa's Eastern Sahel region – one of the poorest regions in the world – facing imminent starvation. Action Against Hunger is one of DFID's humanitarian partners that is part of the efforts to ensure humanitarian aid reaches Niger as quickly as possible."

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."

Photos of the humanitarian crisis in Niger

"Action Against Hunger has provided the following photos of the crisis now unfolding in Niger, one of the countries impacted by food shortages in the Sahel region of Africa...Action Against Hunger has set up therapeutic Stabilization Centers in local hospitals in response to the ongoing malnutrition crisis."

Niger's Worsening Food Crisis

"Action Against Hunger, a global humanitarian organization working in Niger to combat the crisis, has a new photo gallery detailing its activities in the country, including therapeutic nutrition programs for severely malnourished children, “cash-for-work” and “training-for-work” programs, and a range of water, sanitation, and hygiene programs to reduce the risk of malnutrition and malnutrition-related diseases."

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.

HOW TO: Prevent the Sahel's next food crisis

"'We need to bridge humanitarian and development interventions, and integrate all sectors. Crises are increasingly frequent and complex and go beyond the national and regional level; they need to be dealt with accordingly,'" said Patricia Hoorelbeke, the West Africa representative of Action Against Hunger/ACF International. The standard responses, or those crafted for past crises, are not a solution, she commented.

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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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