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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.

South Sudan Faces Widespread Crop Failure, Food Crisis

JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN—The threat of a massive food deficit in South Sudan is growing, Action Against Hunger | ACF International cautioned today. The international organization is concerned about the humanitarian impact of a number of troubling developments: high staple food prices and poor stocks from last year’s crop yields; an extended dry spell that delayed the planting season, a serious setback in a region plagued by seasonal flooding; and an alarming pre-harvest spike in acute malnutrition rates.

Feeding Hunger & Insecurity: New Publication Offers Blueprint for Grappling with Global Food Crisis

Action Against Hunger's latest publication, Feeding Hunger & Insecurity: Field Analysis of Volatile Global Commodity Food Prices, Food Security, & Childhood Malnutrition, offers an assessment of the global food crisis and its impact on vulnerable communities.

Promising Initiative Pilots Prevention in Kenya

This February, thanks in part to generous grants from the Richard & Rhoda Goldman Fund and the Starr International Foundation, Action Against Hunger launched a new initiative to prevent severe acute malnutrition in the Mandera District of northeastern Kenya. This remote, arid region struggles with a seasonal and often devastating “hunger gap” that begins in May and causes malnutrition rates to spike well beyond crisis levels. As a result, the lives of thousands of young children are jeopardized every year.

Enough: Why the Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty

Enough, a new book by Wall Street Journal reporters Roger Thurow and Scott Kilman, vividly explains how neglect and bad policies have kept more than a billion of the world’s poorest people hungry and calls readers to action in the eradication of this deadly scourge. Thurow and Kilman’s previous reporting on famines in Africa was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Severe Drought Causes Acute Malnutrition Spike in Eastern Mali

Gao, Eastern Mali—International humanitarian organization Action Against Hunger | ACF International has issued an appeal for urgent action to counter the alarming rates of acute malnutrition in Gao, an eastern region of Mali. Surveys carried out in the area reveal that 16% of children under five—more than 1,600 in total—have moderate or severe acute malnutrition, a proportion that exceeds the World Health Organization’s emergency threshold of 15%.

Nutrition Emergency Declared in Central African Republic

The number of children suffering from acute malnutrition in the southern Berbérati region of the Central African Republic (CAR) far exceeds the United Nations’ emergency threshold for severe acute malnutrition, according to a study carried out by Action Against Hunger | ACF International. The international humanitarian organization responded last week by launching an emergency program in Berbérati to treat the 1,100 children diagnosed with life-threatening severe acute malnutrition and contain the crisis.

On the Front Lines of Malnutrition

Samuel Mbuto, a trained Clinical Officer and graduate of Mbale Medical School in Uganda, joined Action Against Hunger last year to run our new Stabilization Center. Located in the Kaabong Referral Hospital in Karamoja—an isolated region in northeastern Uganda—the facility treats children with severe acute malnutrition and other medical conditions that often accompany near-starvation.

Humanitarian Organization Asks Al Gore to Produce “Shocking” Film

Action Against Hunger announces the U.S. launch of an international grassroots initiative calling on Al Gore to make his next film about global hunger—a crisis that kills one child every six seconds. The No Hunger initiative, which began in Madrid, has gathered more than 64,000 signatures for a petition that will be presented to the former Vice President and Nobel Laureate this December at the climate change conference in Copenhagen.

Breaking the Cycle of Hunger: Lomuria's Story

Lomuria is a 16 month-old girl from Karamoja, Uganda. Her parents, Mogole Maria and Lotonkul John, used to tend cattle, which provided the family with a steady source of milk, meat, and income.

G8 Summit Neglects Global Crisis of Child Malnutrition

Action Against Hunger applauds the announcement today that the world's leading powers will contribute $20 billion for agricultural assistance to millions of poor farmers over the next three years. The international humanitarian organization commends President Barack Obama for taking a leadership role in tackling hunger, which now affects more than a billion people worldwide, by enlisting the support of the major powers assembled at the G8 summit in L'Aquila, Italy.

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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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