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Emergency Response

Famine Declared in Somalia as Scale & Scope Reach Catastrophic Levels

MOGADISHU, SOMALIA—With life-threatening conditions reaching catastrophic levels in parts of Eastern Africa, the United Nations took the extraordinary step of declaring famine in parts of Somalia, a classification defined by mortality rates greater than two people per 10,000 per day across a specific region, along with skyrocketing rates of deadly malnutrition (above 30% for children under five), among other indicators.

One in Three Children's Lives at Risk from Malnutrition in Somalia

NAIROBI, KENYA—An estimated 10 million people in the Horn of Africa are in urgent need of assistance as drought-like conditions threaten to push populations into a devastating nutritional crisis, warns humanitarian organization Action Against Hunger | ACF International.

Malnutrition Rates Soar as Regional Food Crisis Grips Kenya

NAIROBI, KENYA — As a severe food crisis sweeps across the Greater Horn of Africa, an estimated 10 million people are faced with food shortages, mass livestock losses, and protracted drought-like conditions. In Kenya alone, some 3.5 million people have been declared food insecure, with significant numbers facing catastrophic conditions after consecutive years of below-average rainfall that have resulted in one of the driest years since 1950.

Responding to Natural Disasters

In light of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan, I thought you might be interested in learning a bit about how Action Against Hunger responds to natural disasters in the countries where we work.

Action Against Hunger Reinforcing Efforts in Ivory Coast Town Following Massacre

DUÉKOUÉ, IVORY COAST—Action Against Hunger | ACF International is reinforcing its emergency response following the massacre of hundreds in the town of Duékoué between March 27th and 29th. Conditions in western Ivory Coast have reached a new level of urgency as thousands of displaced families face a public health crisis amid deteriorating sanitary conditions and increasing rates of malnutrition.

Action Against Hunger Ramps Up Emergency Response for Thousands Fleeing Unrest in Ivory Coast

UPDATE: April 25, 2011—Action Against Hunger is distributing 35 tons of emergency food assistance to help the estimated 70,000 people in Abidjan—Ivory Coast's largest city—made vulnerable by food shortages and spikes in the cost of basic foodstuffs. Despite early signs of economic renewal, food scarcity and public health risks continue to threaten thousands of residents' lives.

Earthquake in Japan: ACF Responding to Tsunami Threat in Philippines

CATANDUANES, PHILIPPINES—In response to the threat of tsunamis resulting from the 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Japan, the international humanitarian organization Action Against Hunger | ACF International has launched emergency measures with local and national authorities to help more than 45,000 people evacuate from at-risk areas of Catanduanes, an island province of the Philippines.

ACF Emergency Humanitarian Team Dispatched to Libya-Tunisia Border

UPDATE: March 6, 2011—As the Libyan conflict continues, humanitarian agencies such as Action Against Hunger | ACF International are preparing for a potential new influx of displaced populations in the coming days. Action Against Hunger's teams continue to prioritize public health and sanitation in the makeshift camp of Chouchen along the Libyan-Tunisian border (five miles from Ras Jedir), which currently houses some 14,000 refugees of various nationalities awaiting repatriation to their countries of origin.

Visa and Leading Humanitarian Aid Organizations Partner to Improve Speed and Efficiency of Relief Payments in Times of Disaster

SAN FRANCISCO—Visa Inc. (NYSE:V), the global payments technology leader, and the Cash Learning Partnership, a consortium of leading humanitarian aid organizations, today announced a new partnership aimed at making the distribution of money to individuals—or cash transfers—in disaster relief faster, more effective and more secure.

ACF Expands Cholera Response in Haiti amidst Crisis

ARTIBONITE, HAITI— Action Against Hunger | ACF International has stepped up its response to the cholera outbreak in Haiti, which has grown in the wake of flooding caused by Hurricane Tomas. The global humanitarian agency warns that cholera could spiral out of control given its recent spread into Port-au-Prince, its rapid growth in the Artibonite and North-West departments, severe weather conditions that have exacerbated the problem, and insufficient resources to combat the disease.

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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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