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OCHA (United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs)

OCHA's mission is to mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors in order to alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies; advocate for the rights of people in need; promote preparedness and prevention; and facilitate sustainable solutions.

Typhoon-ravaged Tacloban sees first signs of international aid effort

While the World Food Programme was able to distribute rice to nearly 50,000 people in Tacloban on Wednesday, the agency said in its Twitter feed that the challenge was now "getting food from Manila to the people who need it most".

"The logistical challenges are still enormous given the scale of the disaster," said Alvaro Villanueva, of Action Against Hunger. "Access to the worst-affected areas is extremely difficult given the extent of the damage and the geography."

How to stop disasters making a bad water situation worse?

"Here in Marseille, aid groups like Action Contre La Faim (Action Against Hunger - ACF) are patting themselves on the back for pushing the issue of water-related humanitarian emergencies higher up the political agenda, saying they've made it to the heart of World Water Forum discussions for the first time...ACF President Benoît Miribel agreed that 'disasters are happening where there is already a disaster', whether it's a scarcity of water or bad sanitation, leaving some countr

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.

Ethiopia

Though Ethiopia’s economy has grown quickly in recent years, many of the country’s most vulnerable citizens have not experienced the benefits of this financial upturn and remain dependent on international aid. Some five million Ethiopians—as well as thousands of refugees fleeing drought and violence in neighboring countries—face a wide array of humanitarian challenges, including escalating food prices and persistent drought that threaten their food security.

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.

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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