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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.

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.

Myanmar

Ethnically and religiously diverse Myanmar (also known as Burma) is perhaps best known for the military junta that has ruled this Southeast Asian country since 1962. The international community’s standoff with the military government has led to economic embargoes that have crippled Myanmar’s economy and driven up inflation. And while there were recent signs of a possible political transition, Myanmar remains one of the poorest countries in Asia.

Mongolia

Mongolia, the world’s second largest landlocked country, sits between China and Russia. In the 1990s, Mongolia transitioned to a market economy and democratic governance, but the transition has produced instability, with the withdrawal of former Soviet Union support leaving the country more dependent on international assistance.

Mauritania

Mauritania is a vast desert—less than one percent of its land is usable for agriculture. The climate leaves very little opportunity for farmers, and makes the country more dependent on food imported from other countries, making many Mauritanians vulnerable to fluctuating food prices and problems of supply. Beyond high rates of food insecurity and malnutrition, Mauritania ranks poorly in terms of access to water and sanitation, as the majority of the country’s population is nomadic and has little regular access to basic necessities.

Mali

In Mali, over half of the population lives below the international poverty line. Poverty in this country stems both from geographical and social problems. Two thirds of the country is a desert or semi-desert that experience long yearly periods of drought. While vulnerable populations in these areas already suffer from chronic food insecurity, the worsening droughts make it harder for people to cope with and recover from cyclical food shortages.

Lebanon

Lebanon, a historically rich eastern Mediterranean country, is a sharply divided nation whose fragile peace is routinely threatened by conflicts taking place across the Middle East. Beyond the tensions that endure between its various religious and political factions, Lebanon also faces a number of humanitarian hurdles like an underdeveloped agricultural south, a growing refugee burden, and spillover from the war in neighboring Syria.

Kenya

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.

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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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