People Helped in 2018: 3,277
Peru has experienced significant economic growth over the past decade, but the gap between rich and the poor has not diminished and over 30% of its population remains poor, 10% of whom live in abject poverty. Peru has laudably reduced child malnutrition rates, but undernutrition remains a problem in the rural Andean regions where some 40% of families live in extreme poverty, over 30% of all children under five are chronically malnourished, and six in ten children are anemic and in need of iron supplements.
Active in Peru since 2007, Action Against Hunger’s teams carry out a range of food security programs that aim to combat child malnutrition and chronic micronutrient deficiencies while working to strengthen government health systems and community based organizations to improve information systems, promote breastfeeding, and strengthen commitments to biofortification and nutritional supplements for children under three years of age.
With almost half a million Venezuelans, Peru hosts, after Colombia, the second largest population of migrants. By the end of 2019, this number will have tripled and there will be one and a half million Venezuelan refugees in the country, the majority intending to stay permanently. Our teams in Peru are actively participating in humanitarian platforms to coordinate the response to this crisis and to analyze the humanitarian situation, especially in Lima.
In 2018, we worked to reduce child malnutrition and to respond to the regional migration crisis. In Lima, our activities included social and labor market insertion projects, psychosocial interventions, and programs to improve access to basic services