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When Drilling Makes All the Difference: Boreholes Provide Clean Water in Uganda

As security has gradually begun to improve over the past year, the context in northern Uganda has changed dramatically. Families have begun returning to their ancestral homes after spending more than two decades in displacement camps that held some 2.5 million people. Yet the transition home has exposed these communities to new humanitarian risks, requiring support from organizations such as Action Against Hunger.

Too Much, Too Little: Water As a Seasonal Problem

Containing Cholera Around the World

In recent months cholera outbreaks in southern Zimbabwe have killed hundreds and infected thousands. Action Against Hunger, which has been in Zimbabwe since 2002, has scaled up its response to help prevent a full-scale epidemic. We’re working with funding partner ECHO to provide safe water, emergency sanitation, and health and hygiene education for 30,000 affected people in the region.

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.

Hygiene Promotion: A View from Uganda

Mrs. Oyella Santa, a mother of a household with 10 members, lives in Owak village in Amuru District, Northern Uganda. Ever since Action Against Hunger (ACF) launched environmental sanitation programs in her area, Mrs. Oyella has worked to improve her home by attending the Hygiene Promotion Sessions and setting up environmental sanitation facilities.

D.R. Congo: Groups Fear for Civilian Safety

A coalition of 100 humanitarian and human rights organizations today called on John Holmes, the UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, to insist that protecting civilians be a top priority of the joint Congolese and Rwandan military operation in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Holmes is due to arrive in Goma, the North Kivu capital, on February 7, 2009.

ACF Targets Water and Sanitation Needs in Crisis in Eastern D.R. Congo

A fragile lull in the fighting in North Kivu has allowed access for the humanitarian assistance needed by hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) fleeing insecurity in the eastern D.R. Congo.

Containment Efforts Scaled Up as Cholera Sweeps Zimbabwe

The international humanitarian organization Action Against Hunger | ACF International announced a scaling up of its ongoing efforts to address the onset of cholera across southern Zimbabwe. State-owned media announced new cholera outbreaks in the city of Beitbridge on November 18, which to date has claimed more than 300 lives, with more than a 6,000 infections confirmed by medical organizations working in the region.

The (Earth) Science of Saving Lives: Trayle Kulshan on Why She Loves Working with Water

Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Coordinator Trayle Kulshan works with Action Against Hunger in Kenya where she oversees the extension of water and sanitation improvements to vulnerable populations in the region. The problems Trayle works on in Kenya include protecting water points from contamination, constructing fresh-water wells, and installing water-filtration systems.

Providing Clean, Safe Water To Millions Of Families: Voices from the Field

The human body can only last a few days without water—it’s essential for proper health and facilitates a range of life-sustaining functions like digestion, metabolic stability, and cell and organ health. While most of us know we ought to drink more water than we do, few understand what it means to go without water or to rely on filthy or contaminated sources.

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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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