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ECHO (European Commission Humanitarian Aid)

The Humanitarian Aid department provides emergency assistance and relief to the victims of natural disasters or armed conflict outside the European Union. The aid is intended to go directly to those in distress, irrespective of race, religion or political convictions.

Zimbabwe

Since its independence in 1980, Zimbabwe has experienced a tense political environment and an unstable economy. To tackle its financial challenges, the country is creating initiatives to rejuvenate the economy, including replacing the national currency with the American dollar for international trade. While the economy has improved significantly in recent years, the public health situation continues to deteriorate. High rates of malnutrition, alarming numbers of HIV and AIDS cases, and frequent cholera outbreaks are huge humanitarian challenges.

Uganda

As of 2011, some five years after the collapse of the Lord’s Resistance Army’s insurgency in northern Uganda, some semblance of stability returned to Uganda’s troubled North, bringing more than 20 years of insecurity and displacement to a close while unleashing new needs as the displaced sought a return to their pre-crisis lives.

South Sudan

For more than twenty years, Action Against Hunger has worked with vulnerable populations in Sudan’s South, responding to the region’s high malnutrition rates, lack of clean water, and chronic food insecurity. After claiming independence in 2011, the Republic of South Sudan faced both emergency situations and long-term development challenges. These problems continue today—in 2013, over four million people in South Sudan are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance, including food aid.

Somalia

Gripped by recurring droughts, chronic food shortages, and over 20 years of nearly incessant conflict, Somalia is one of the most challenging environments in the world for humanitarian operations. The regional drought of late 2011 and early 2012 affected Somalia more than any other nation across eastern Africa, displacing millions and subjecting tens of thousands to famine in the hardest-hit regions. Ultimately, some two million people remain in crisis, with conflict and insecurity continuing to contribute to poor household food consumption and high malnutrition rates.

West Bank, Gaza

The West Bank and Gaza are Palestinian Territories that have been under the contested control of Israel since the Six-Day War of 1967. The long-standing political tensions between Israel and Palestine over these disputed regions -- which include East Jerusalem -- may be decades in the making, but the end result is chronic political instability and severe trade restrictions that have had devastating impacts on local livelihoods, economic opportunities, sanitation conditions, and household food consumption, making life even more precarious for an already at-risk population.

Pakistan

Pakistan has experienced a steady rise in destabilizing socio-political, economic, and environmental forces over the past decade that have torn at the very fabric of this fragile nation. Behind these seismic geopolitical forces lies a backdrop of chronic and acute undernutrition, widespread food insecurity, and recurring natural disasters that routinely displace millions of people, destroy homes and vital infrastructure, and disrupt countless lives and livelihoods.

Nigeria

Though Nigeria has the second largest economy in Africa, it also has the third highest number of severely malnourished children in the world: approximately 26% of children under five years old—more than a million children— suffer from malnutrition. In 2010, the Ministry of Health developed national guidelines for nutritional treatment with support from Action Against Hunger.

Nicaragua

As one of the poorest countries in Central America, Nicaragua is severely lacking in basic Infrastructure with half of the country lacking access to basic sanitation. Nicaraguans are economically vulnerable, with eight out of ten people living on less than $2.00 a day.

Food prices in Nicaragua are extremely volatile and small farmers have struggled in recent years, aggravated by climatic phenomena such as El Niño, and there has been a steady increas in rates of childhood malnutrition among the most vulnerable of communities.

Nepal

After a decade of unstable governments and armed conflicts, law and order are still tenuous at best in Nepal, where a culture of impunity persists. This South Asian nation of some 30 million inhabitants is beset with a range of development and humanitarian challenges, from endemic poverty to widespread undernutrition, and ranks 157th out of 187 countries in the U.N.’s 2011 Human Development Index.

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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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