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DFID (UK Department for International Development)

DFID is the UK government department responsible for promoting development and the reduction of poverty.


Liberia suffered greatly during the 14 year civil war that tore the country apart. Despite the formal end of hostilities with the Accra Peace Agreement of 2003, the effects of this protracted, devastating conflict can still be seen today as Liberians grapple with a legacy of destroyed infrastructure, widespread poverty, very poor living conditions, and malnutrition rates of more than 20% for children under five years of age.


Kenya has one of the largest economies in East and Central Africa, and a strong agricultural sector. However, the unequal distribution of wealth has left half of the country’s population living below the poverty line. Struggling Kenyans face daunting health challenges such as malnutrition, malaria, and waterborne diseases—all preventable illnesses that the nation’s public health system is ill-equipped to handle. To assist these vulnerable populations, Action Against Hunger has been implementing programs in nutrition, food security, and water, sanitation, and hygiene in Kenya since 2002.


Years of political instability and recurring natural disasters have kept Haiti in an impoverished tailspin, placing one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after another in their path to development, with some 55% of the Haitian population currently living below the poverty line.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the largest countries in Africa, with a population of 65 million people and the second largest land mass on the continent. Suffering decades of conflict, regional war, and political neglect, the scale of humanitarian needs in the D.R. Congo becomes clear when you understand that nearly 30% of all children under five suffer from undernutrition. Without treatment, many of these children will succumb to the deadly effects of hunger.

Tackling life-threatening child malnutrition in Chad

"Chad, in west Africa, has suffered prolonged droughts, poor harvest and most recently, devastating floods. These 'weather shocks' have exacerbated an already chronic food crisis and one in every four children under five suffers from acute malnutrition in the west of the country. Through the West Africa Humanitarian Response Fund, the UK's Department for International Development is funding partners such as Action Against Hunger to help respond to these humanitarian crises."

One in Four Children's Lives at Risk from Malnutrition in Western Chad

N’DJAMENA, CHAD—One out of every four children under five suffers from acute malnutrition in the Sahel region of Western Chad, according to nutrition surveys carried out by global humanitarian organization Action Against Hunger | ACF International, in collaboration with the Chadian Ministry of Health, UNICEF, and the World Food Programme (WFP). Action Against Hunger has scaled up its programs to treat thousands of malnourished children with the condition and urges long-term preventative measures to strengthen local health systems.

Acute malnourishment threatens Niger's children

"An estimated 3.3 million people in Niger are facing severe food shortages as a result of poor rains and harvests in 2009. They are among 4.6 million individuals across West Africa's Eastern Sahel region – one of the poorest regions in the world – facing imminent starvation. Action Against Hunger is one of DFID's humanitarian partners that is part of the efforts to ensure humanitarian aid reaches Niger as quickly as possible."

Hunger and Malnutrition Crisis Resurfaces in Niger

NEW YORK, NY—In response to massive food shortages and staggering acute malnutrition rates in Niger, international humanitarian organization Action Against Hunger | ACF International launched an emergency response to provide nutritional support to children, increase the income of vulnerable families, and bolster a national initiative to dampen the impact of the crisis.

DFID announces new support for vulnerable groups in Gaza

"...Action Against Hunger (£400,000) for water, sanitation and hygiene work. Because of damage to water pipes and wells, more than 250,000 people are believed currently to be without a water supply. Action Against Hunger will look to replace damaged pipes, valves and manholes and ensure individual households are reconnected, as well as raising awareness of good hygiene practices and water saving techniques. ..."

LIBERIA: No relief as most Monrovians go without toilets

"...WASH consortium members Oxfam GB, Concern, Tearfund, Action Contre la Faim, and Solidarité plan to help the government reach its goals, with funding from the UK's Department for International Development (DFID), the European Union's humanitarian branch, ECHO, and Irish Aid. UNICEF and the African Development Bank are also providing assistance. ..."


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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