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Water and HIV: Working for Positive Solutions

This report paints a vivd picture of the water and sanitation needs of individuals and households affected by HIV/AIDS in Zambia. The points made clearly in this paper, based on detailed research, include many of the general issues that have been promoted as good practice in the water and sanitation sector for at least twenty years. Lastly, this paper is a useful and striking addition to the limited literature on this important subject. 

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.’”

Guinea – Evading the Cholera Epidemic

With just two cholera cases reported in 2011, Guinea escaped a West and Central Africa-wide cholera epidemic that infected 85,000 people and killed 2,500 in the first ten months of 2011. Luck, as well as targeted prevention efforts on the part of aid agencies and the government, brought this about, specialists told IRIN, but a far deeper overhaul of the water and sanitation system in needed country-wide to diminish the likelihood of such disease outbreaks in the long term.

What Are You Thankful For?

As we roll into the end of the year, we’re reflecting.

A Crucial Moment for D.R. Congo

Ceris Bailes was an ACF Desk Officer for the D.R. Congo.

Empowering Women for Uganda’s Long-Term Health & Well-Being

Thousands of families across northern Uganda are slowly rebuilding their lives as they recover from two decades of civil war and displacement. This process is doubly important for the women of northern Uganda, who, as central household figures, must overcome ingrained struggles of abuse if their families are to overcome hunger and poverty.

First Things First: Prioritizing Efforts to End Deadly Hunger

Given my position as the head of this international humanitarian organization, people often ask me what the best way is to end poverty and despair in the world. They also frequently want to debate the pros and cons of investing in struggling countries: Should they invest in education, they ask, or health care; economic development or infrastructure?

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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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