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Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene: Life-Sustaining Services

It’s a bitter irony that the torrential rains of a tropical cyclone can leave millions of people without a drop of clean water. When Cyclone Nargis ravaged coastal Myanmar—claiming over 80,000 lives—survivors found that their wells and rice paddies were badly contaminated by brackish floodwaters. Safe drinking water was difficult to obtain; agriculture was nearly impossible.

Flooding in Burkina Faso Leaves Tens of Thousands Homeless

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso—International humanitarian organization Action Against Hunger | ACF International has mounted an emergency response after the heaviest rainfall in almost a century destroyed major parts of Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. The flooding has affected more than 150,000 people, a third of whom have sought refuge in dozens of temporary shelters throughout the city.

Thousands Displaced by Georgia-Russia War Still Lack Basic Services

New York, NY—One year after the Russia-Georgia conflict over South Ossetia, nearly 30,000 people displaced during the fighting still lack sufficient access to potable water and adequate sanitation, according to the results of a joint study carried out by Action Against Hunger (ACF), UNICEF, and the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

World’s Hungry Exceeds One Billion

The number of hungry people in the world has passed the one billion mark for the first time ever, according to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization. This means that one in six people go to bed desperately hungry every night.

Water in the Desert: ACF in the Central African Republic

Landlocked in the center of sub-Saharan Africa, the Central African Republic (CAR) has suffered from ongoing conflict and instability over the past two decades. With 73% of the population struggling to survive on less than one dollar a day, it remains one of the poorest countries in the world.

When Drilling Makes All the Difference: Boreholes Provide Clean Water in Uganda

As security has gradually begun to improve over the past year, the context in northern Uganda has changed dramatically. Families have begun returning to their ancestral homes after spending more than two decades in displacement camps that held some 2.5 million people. Yet the transition home has exposed these communities to new humanitarian risks, requiring support from organizations such as Action Against Hunger.

Too Much, Too Little: Water As a Seasonal Problem

Containing Cholera Around the World

In recent months cholera outbreaks in southern Zimbabwe have killed hundreds and infected thousands. Action Against Hunger, which has been in Zimbabwe since 2002, has scaled up its response to help prevent a full-scale epidemic. We’re working with funding partner ECHO to provide safe water, emergency sanitation, and health and hygiene education for 30,000 affected people in the region.

Refugees in Uganda: Emergency WASH Programs

The recent political instability in the D.R. Congo has forced many Congolese nationals to flee fighting by crossing the border into western Uganda. In the last few weeks of 2008, some 200 refugees crossed into Uganda each day. Many humanitarian organizations are on site to assist the 1.2 million already displaced in the D.R. Congo; others have moved to provide assistance to the 50,000 new arrivals in Uganda.

Without Water: The Global Impact of Water Poverty

The figures are staggering: one billion people without clean water, 2.5 billion without proper sanitation. But numbers alone can’t convey the daily indignities, nor can they measure the tragedy of so many lives lost when there’s not enough water.

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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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