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Action Against Hunger’s methods for identifying and rescuing populations afflicted with acute malnutrition are internationally renowned, having pioneered revolutionary nutrition products and field tested treatment protocols that have become industry standards.

From rural mountain villages to the confines of refugee camps to ethnically divided cities, Action Against Hunger treats and prevents malnutrition in over 40 countries around the world. Our programs are launched most often during times of crisis and focus on the most vulnerable, including young children and women who are pregnant or nursing.

Sahel Crisis: Nutritional Emergency Begins in Chad’s Kanem Region

For months humanitarian actors have sounded the alarm in anticipation of an impending regional food crisis due to shortages, price hikes, and drought. One million children are at risk of severe acute malnutrition. The impact of this slow-onset crisis is now being felt, much earlier and more severely than expected, as populations in Kanem, Western Chad, experience a telling spike in malnutrition rates.

Voices from D.R. Congo: Bitondo and Baby Wabiwa

For 29-year-old Congolese mother Bitondo Patience, malnutrition was a silent threat that attacked her daughter without obvious indicators. Her four-year-old, Wabiwa, showed signs of illness—vomiting, lack of appetite, running a temperature—but just what afflicted her was a mystery to Bitondo.

It wasn’t until her little girl’s feet started to swell that Bitondo got scared. Two weeks after Wabiwa got sick, Bitondo took her to see a traditional healer, but she didn’t improve. A visit to a prayer room netted the same unfortunate result.

Cash Transfers a Successful Antidote to Sahel Emergency

Although it may seem counter-intuitive in the context of a humanitarian emergency, money can be one of the most effective mediums for saving lives during emergencies such as that unfolding across the Sahel—a crisis in which three million children are expected to become severely malnourished in the coming months.

Pastoral Populations Face Food, Fodder Shortages Across the Sahel

A major food crisis looms over the Sahel, a zone that extends across the African continent, separating Sahara and savanna. Some 2.6 million children are at risk of deadly malnutrition as pastoralist populations, largely dependent on biomass-rich pastures for grazing livestock, face widespread shortages of food and fodder.

Boots on the Ground: Combating Malnutrition in Karamoja, Uganda

The Karamoja region of Uganda suffers from persistently high rates of childhood malnutrition. In this land of nomadic herders, rates of acute malnutrition routinely surpass 15 percent, while some 40 percent of the  under-five population is considered underweight and at risk.

A Million Children At Risk of Deadly Malnutrition in the Sahel

More than 10 million people are at risk of food shortages across Africa’s Sahel region, including communities in MauritaniaMali, Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso, South Sudan, and Ethiopia.

Guidelines: For the integrated management of severe acute malnutrition: In- and out-patient treatment

Guidelines surrounding the integrated approach to to SAM on the principle basis that treating of the diseases in the malnourished is different from the normally nourished. 

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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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