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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.

Syria

As the war in Iraq ground on into the latter half of the 2000s, it created unrest across the Arab world, sending hundreds of thousands of Iraqi refugees into Syria and other neighboring countries. Unfortunately, with Syria’s unbalanced economy, limited resources, and strained infrastructure, it quickly became evident that it wouldn’t be able to shoulder the rising influx without the support of the international community.

South Sudan

A crisis in South Sudan erupted in December of 2013, only three years into this fragile country’s independence. Due to violent conflict between The Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and its opposition, more than 1.5 million South Sudanese have fled their homes in search of safety, with some 400,000 of these people seeking refuge in neighboring nations.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Indonesia

Indonesia consists of a collection of islands in Southeast Asia and happens to be the fourth most populous countries in the world. While it’s largely a prosperous country, there is an alarming set of social and economic disparities, with many regions experiencing undernutrition, unemployment, chronic food insecurity and outright poverty. The end result is that 8 million Indonesian children under age five (36.8% of the population) suffer from malnutrition.

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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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