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Children dying in Chad as Sahel crisis bites

"Children in western Chad have started dying from malnutrition as a major hunger crisis threatening West Africa begins to take hold, an international charity has warned. Child malnutrition rates have soared in the region of Kanem, which is now in the grip of a full blown emergency, Action Contre La Faim (ACF) said...More than 2,000 children in Kanem were admitted to nutrition treatment centres in February alone, triple the number treated in December, according to ACF.

Malnutrition on the rise: Kanem region of Chad enters food emergency

"More than 2,000 malnourished children were admitted to Action Against Hunger | ACF International’s nutritional centres in Kanem in February alone, which is more than three times the number treated in the same month last year.

13.4m stunted children in Nigeria by 2020, except…

“Last month Nigeria held its first ever nutrition summit in Abuja to develop a roadmap to tackle child malnutrition. As part of its global commitment to prioritise nutrition, Save the Children, in partnership with Action Against Hunger and UNICEF, will work to improve nutrition in Northern Nigeria through strengthening nutrition interventions which are both affordable and available,” she said.

Famine Stalks the Sahel

“Light rains, poor harvests and overpriced food will combine to create a severe famine for five Sahel countries if urgent, large-scale measures are not taken, experts warn.

“‘What is undertaken today will determine whether a new major food crisis will occur’ in the region, said Vincent Taillandier, an official of Action Against Hunger.

“‘But it’s the cumulative effect of the current situation, less than two years after the last big food crisis, which presages the worst crisis since 2005.’”

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Though Nigeria has the second largest economy in Africa, it also has the third highest number of severely malnourished children in the world: approximately 26% of children under five years old—more than a million children— suffer from malnutrition. In 2010, the Ministry of Health developed national guidelines for nutritional treatment with support from Action Against Hunger.

UNICEF receives 3 million Euros from ECHO to fight child malnutrition in Northern Nigeria

"This expansion has been possible through the support of ECHO, the humanitarian aid agency of the European Union. CMAM field work is implemented directly by respective state governments in partnership with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)-France, Save the Children UK, and Action Against Hunger (ACF)-US."

Food Charity: Action Against Hunger

"Action Against Hunger's (ACF) Maureen Gallagher has a secret weapon, and it tastes like peanut butter. For the past four years, the medical nutrition coordinator has been making sure that Plumpy'nut, a fortified nut and milk paste, gets into the right hands—those of starving children. To get there, she collaborates with local governments from Uganda to Nigeria and provides strategic support to keep ACF's treatment centers running and stocked with Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Foods (RUTF) like Plumpy'nut.

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.

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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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