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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.

Humanitarian Intervention in the West Bank

With international attention recently focused on Gaza, desperation in the West Bank is often overlooked. Shepherding communities living in zone C in Tubas district (under Israeli control) are facing freezing temperatures and an extended period of drought with limited resources. The region received 23% less rainfall this year with significant consequences for the pastures where sheep graze—the main source of income in the region.

Action Against Hunger Responds to Crisis in Kenya

In the aftermath of the disputed presidential election, as many as 30,000 Kenyans have streamed into this provincial capital located just 2 hours (150 km) north of Nairobi. Action Against Hunger (ACF-USA), the first international non-governmental organization currently operating in Nakuru, just completed an emergency assessment of the situation and has begun to provide immediate humanitarian assistance to the growing population of internally displaced people.

Action Against Hunger Launches New Health/Nutrition Project In Two Countries With Highest Incidence of AIDS

With little over a million inhabitants each, Swaziland and Lesotho are at the top of the list of countries with the highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS, 33% and 23% respectively. Additionally, the rate of chronic malnutrition affects three out of ten children under five years of age in Lesotho and half the number of children in Swaziland.

New ACF Publication: Hunger & HIV, From Food Crisis to Integrated Care

Action Against Hunger, the international humanitarian agency, announces its latest research publication, Hunger & HIV: From Food Crisis to Integrated Care.

As part of a broader humanitarian effort to address the AIDS pandemic, Action Against Hunger works to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS on already vulnerable communities. HIV has complicated the treatment of severe malnutrition, challenging more traditional approaches and protocols and requiring substantial investments in field-based research to enhance our understandings of hunger and HIV.

Expanding the Ready-to-Eat Revolution: New Tools Target Malnutrition

The nutritional product “Plumpy’nut” has received some media attention recently. Despite the cute name, this product has shown considerable promise when it comes to tackling childhood malnutrition. As a “ready-to-use-therapeutic-food,” or RUTF, it is a nutritional product that could have a significant impact on the 34 million children who suffer from severe forms of acute malnutrition around the world: a tiny percentage—only about 7-13%—of them ever receive treatment, resulting in as many as 1 million childhood deaths each year.

World Food Day: The State of Global Malnutrition

Since 1980 when the UN first celebrated World Food Day, October 16th has served as a day to “heighten public awareness of the world food problem and strengthen solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition, and poverty.” Action Against Hunger marks the day by renewing its call for governments, foundations, and private philanthropists around the globe to join us and our colleagues in our efforts to eliminate hunger.

Mali: Estimated 96% of Mothers Bet on Breastmilk During First Hours of Life

Some 96% of mothers in Mali’s Gao region do not consider colostrum dangerous for their infants, and eight of every ten allow them to breastfeed in the first 24 hours after birth. Colostrum – a thick, yellowish milk produced by a mother’s breasts only in the days immediately after childbirth – is high in antibodies, carbohydrates, and protein, and important for infant health. Many cultures are suspicious of colostrum, believing that it can cause children to experience diarrhea and other illnesses.

Darfur: Will the provision of humanitarian assistance continue?

Despite the fact that efforts of humanitarian workers in Darfur have been jeopardized by widespread insecurity, for the moment the humanitarian situation remains relatively stable. Nonetheless, both residents and displaced populations in Darfur are in an extremely precarious position, and even seemingly minor incidents can have a catastrophic impact on their lives.

As the International Contact Group on Darfur/Sudan convenes in Paris on June 25, 2007, Action Against Hunger offers these comments on the humanitarian situation in Darfur.

Darfur: Political Solution Essential to Achieving Security

Witnessing the atrocities committed against Darfur’s population on a daily basis, Action Against Hunger’s teams are among the few NGO’s still present in this hard-hit province in Sudan. From its presence on the ground, the following can be concluded: as the conflict is spreading and the number of instigators of violence increases, an armed and non-negotiated intervention would seem dangerous. An intervention would most likely make an already bad situation even worse, triggering yet more violence. Somalia and Iraq have demonstrated this.

Action Against Hunger's Blazej Mikula is Outstanding Winner in InterAction's Fifth Annual Photo Contest

InterAction's annual photography contest traditionally focuses on the tremendous work done by humanitarian agencies in the field. The amazing submissions help raise awareness about the impact of the humanitarian work, and the powerful images introduce the American public to the enterprising spirit of the people around the world.

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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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