Peru

Photo: Max Cabello for Action Against Hunger, Peru
Population
31.4 million
Human Development Index
87 (out of 188 countries ranked)
Our Team
48 employees
Program Start
2007

People Helped in 2020: 90,211

5,590
People Reached by Nutrition and Health Programs 
17,754
People Reached by Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs 
66,867
People Reached by Food Security and Livelihoods Programs 

Peru has experienced significant economic growth over the past decade, but the gap between rich and the poor has not diminished. The country 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.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the fragility of Peru’s health systems, with primary care paralyzed and hospitals overwhelmed. The government management of the crisis also resulted in a socio-economic crisis, with massive loss of jobs. Poverty increased by 34%, affecting the lives of more than 11.2 million Peruvians. Around 75% of the population surveyed by Action Against Hunger faces food insecurity and 14% of households (equivalent to at least 1 million people in Lima alone) said they had not been able to buy food with protein, primarily because of lack of funds.

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In 2020, despite one of the longest and strictest lockdowns in the world, we implemented 11 development and humanitarian response projects in Peru focused on meeting basic needs and delivering food, hygiene products, and personal protective equipment. We also developed training for proper nutrition management and completed anthropometric studies and analysis of the nutrition situation of the population. Our water, sanitation, and hygiene projects focused on markets, soup kitchens, and health centers and our psychologists have intensified support for children through training for parents and provision of educational tools. We provided cash assistance for entrepreneurship projects and coordinated with government institutions on COVID-19 prevention and vaccination campaigns.

We also worked with the private sector to ensure rapid response during the first phase of the pandemic, adapting our programs to remote solutions, which allowed us to increase the impact of our interventions and to train our teams in COVID-19 protection, handling of equipment, new protocols and psychosocial support.

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