Action Against Hunger

Action Against Hunger

Action Against Hunger save the lives of malnourished children.

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Who we are:

Action Against Hunger is an international humanitarian charity leading the global fight against hunger. For almost 40 years, across nearly 50 countries, we have been working to ensure everyone can access the food, clean water, training and healthcare they need to thrive.

We save lives by identifying and treating malnourished children, and training people within their communities to spot warning signs in the future. We enable families to provide for themselves by giving them the tools, seeds and knowledge they need to prevent hunger in the long term. We’re ready to respond to emergencies, making sure we are there for the families who need us both before and after a disaster strikes. We push for long-term change, constantly searching for more effective solutions, whilst sharing what we learn. We will never give up. Until the world is free from hunger.

The problem:

Today, 16 million children worldwide suffer from life-threatening malnutrition. Poor nutrition in the early years of a child’s life can significantly and permanently damage both their physical and cognitive growth, robbing whole communities of a future. Shockingly, only 10 per cent of these children currently get the treatment they so desperately need, often because help is simply too far away.

What we’re doing:

This is why we’ve teamed up with the Postcode African Trust to revolutionise the way malnourished children are diagnosed and treated. We’ve trained community health workers (frontline health staff who are trained to treat diseases such as malaria, pheumonia and diarrhoea) in three districts of Mali to diagnose and treat malnourished children at home, rather than expecting their parents to walk up to 40km to the nearest clinic every week. Together, we’re aiming to reach 15,000 children with potentially life-saving treatment, so they can grow up strong and reach their full potential.

We’re also building an evidence base proving that training community health workers to treat malnourished children at home means we can reach and cure twice as many children. This will encourage other regions and countries to adopt this method – impacting millions more children suffering from malnutrition worldwide.

“We’re so grateful to the People’s Postcode Lottery and its players for this opportunity to change the way life-threatening malnutrition is identified and treated not just in Mali, but globally, taking us one step closer to our goal of creating a world where no child dies from hunger.” 

Jean-Michel Grand, Executive Director, Action Against Hunger UK

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