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Understanding rainy seasons, malnutrition, & community health in Sierra Leone

In June, as part of a two-year study into state capacity and malnutrition, colleagues and I spent some time in northern Sierra Leone...We found that while the risk of a child becoming malnourished may be perennial, it appears to spike during certain periods of the year...The following graph, taken from a report by the international NGO Action Contre la Faim (ACF), shows how the number of kids admitted to one particular th

Obama praises U.S.-Africa summit as an ‘extraordinary event’

President Obama wrapped up a three-day summit with African leaders Wednesday...In his meeting with South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Edward R. Royce raised the issue that the conflict there has impeded assistance in the region. Silke Pietzsch, technical director for Action Against Hunger, said that in May, her group identified 176,000 children who faced serious or acute malnutrition in the country, along with 420,000 more who were experiencing  moderate malnutrition.

U.S. increases food assistance to Africa’s Sahel region

"A protracted drought in the Sahel region of Africa is causing a food crisis that could leave up to 17 million people, and 1 million children, hungry this summer. In response, the U.S. Agency for International Development will provide $81 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the region, the agency announced Thursday...Millions are threatened by famine this year in Sahel, according to the NGO Action Against Hunger." 

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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