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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.

Haiti: Access to Water and Sanitation Urgently Needed

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI—Less than 48 hours after a massive quake devastated parts of western Haiti, Action Against Hunger’s teams already on the ground have fully mobilized to meet humanitarian needs. External emergency personnel from Action Against Hunger | ACF International have also arrived to reinforce relief efforts already taking place, assess needs, and set up programs to assist disaster victims.

Fresh Food Vouchers: Tapping Local Markets to Fight Malnutrition

The sprawling Dadaab refugee camps of northeastern Kenya are the world’s largest. Hundreds of people arrive every day, seeking safe haven from neighboring Somalia, a country torn apart by decades of violence, as well as Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and other nearby nations in conflict.

Combating Malnutrition in Rural Communities

Esther Wamono, a Nutrition Surveillance Officer, joined Action Against Hunger in the Karamoja region of northeastern Uganda in November. Determined to make a difference in her native country, Esther moved from the capital of Kampala, where she earned a master’s degree in applied human nutrition, to one of the poorest and driest parts of the land-locked African nation to tackle high levels of malnutrition.

Extreme Food Insecurity Surfaces in Guatemala

CHIQUIMULA, GUATEMALA—Surveys carried out by Action Against Hunger | ACF International along the Guatemalan border with Honduras show widespread food insecurity and high levels of malnutrition in a region buffeted by the global recession and poor rainfalls. The global humanitarian group has intervened on an emergency and long-term basis, treating children with severe acute malnutrition and implementing nutrition, food security, and water and sanitation programs in the area.

The Human Face of Climate Change

"Where is the rain?"

After inquiring about the health of family members and livestock, the Tamasheq, a nomadic tribe in Mali, greet each other by asking about the weather.

But this isn’t just idle chit-chat. For them, the rains mean everything.

Nutrition Emergency Declared in Sierra Leone

MOYAMBA, SIERRA LEONE—Action Against Hunger | ACF International has launched an emergency response to treat more than 600 young children who have been diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition in the Moyamba district of southern Sierra Leone. A recent nutritional survey carried out by the global humanitarian organization reveals that 3.8 percent of children in the region suffer from the life-threatening condition.

ACF Urges Action on Hunger in Copenhagen

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK—Action Against Hunger | ACF International is calling attention to the impact of climate change on undernutrition, which now affects more than a billion people worldwide, ahead of next week’s UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

ACF Responds to Nutrition Crisis in D.R. Congo

DJUMA, BANDUNDU, D.R CONGO—Action Against Hunger | ACF International found some of the highest rates of acute malnutrition the organization has ever seen in the Democratic Republic of Congo during its latest nutrition survey in Djuma, a health zone in the southern province of Bandundu.

World Food Summit Neglects Millions of Children

NEW YORK, NY—International diplomats assembled at this week’s World Food Summit in Rome failed yet again to take action on acute malnutrition, which kills up to five million children in developing countries every year. Despite initial pledges of $20 billion for agricultural assistance made at the G8 Summit earlier this year, world leaders have not provided any specific funding to address childhood malnutrition.

ACF: World Leaders Must Address Acute Malnutrition

NEW YORK, NY—World leaders are failing to take sufficient action to combat childhood malnutrition, Action Against Hunger | ACF International warned today ahead of next week’s World Food Summit in Rome. The global humanitarian group urges governments assembling there to commit to reducing the five million annual deaths of children from acute malnutrition.

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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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