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COTE D'IVOIRE: User fees hamper malnutrition fight

"Now nutrition has become more integral to healthcare services in northern regions, said Raffaella Gentilini, nutrition coordinator at NGO Action Contre la Faim. In some parts of the north health workers were not monitoring the growth of babies, she pointed out. 'Now things are different. Health workers and community health volunteers know [malnutrition] is a disease and watch out for it.'"

COTE D'IVOIRE: Malnutrition “critical” in north and west

"The PNN is raising nutrition on the government agenda and recently issued a nutrition strategy, but it does not have enough resources to put adequate staff in place in vulnerable areas, said ACF nutrition coordinator Raffaella Gentilini. 'Malnutrition is an example of just how fragile the overall health situation is here,' she said."

CHAD: Malnutrition in east persists into harvest season

"Of 853 children in Abéché surveyed in June 2009 by the NGO Action Contre la Faim, 22.7 percent of under-five children were acutely malnourished and 6 percent had severe acute malnutrition, according to World Health Organization norms."

GLOBAL: The Link Between Undernutrition and Climate Change

"Andrew Mitchell, of the French NGO Action Contre la Faim (Action Against Hunger), a member of the UN committee, pointed out that links between climate change and nutrition were not restricted to getting enough food. 'Malnutrition could potentially be the output of climate change’s impact on sectors such as health and water.'"

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."

MYANMAR: Agencies optimistic about water supplies

“The possibility of water shortages in the coming dry season has been reduced to the barest minimum,” Morie Amadu, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) adviser for the Nargis response programme with Action against Hunger (ACF) in Myanmar, echoed.

New growth measures help fight infant mortality

"As an example of how the new system catches at-risk children earlier, Marie-Sophie Whitney, Action Against Hunger (ACF) senior nutrition adviser, noted that a six-month-old boy measuring 65cm and weighing less than 5.7kg would be considered severely acutely malnourished under the new standards, whereas under the 1977 National Centre for Health Statistics (NCHS) system, based on bottle-fed Caucasian children from the Midwest USA, the level would be 4.9kg."

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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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