Action Against Hunger, a global humanitarian organization, takes decisive action against the causes and effects of hunger. Action Against Hunger works to save the lives of malnourished children, ensure families can access clean water, food, training, and health care and enable entire communities to be free from hunger.
For almost 40 years, across nearly 50 countries, Action Against Hunger has led the global fight against hunger, saved the lives of children and their families and is there for them before and after disaster strikes. Action Against Hunger enables people to provide for themselves, see their children grow up strong, and for whole communities to prosper. Action Against Hunger constantly searches for more effective solutions, while sharing our knowledge and expertise with the world. Action Against Hunger pushes for long-term change.
About 795 million people go to bed hungry every night, and one in three children in low- and middle-income countries suffers from chronic under nutrition. Nearly half of all child deaths worldwide are from causes related to under nutrition, even though it’s:
PREDICTABLE: We know where and when to expect acute under nutrition
PREVENTABLE: We know how to help children stay healthy
TREATABLE: Community-based outpatient programs and therapeutic ready-to-use foods can help save millions, and just $45 can provide a child with lifesaving treatment
We know how to save undernourished children if we can reach them.
Action Against Hunger has been working in Nigeria since 2010 and currently have programs in Jigawa, Yobe, Borno, Kastina, Kebbi, Zamfara, and the capital city of Abuja.
In 2015, Action Against Hunger programs improved nutrition security for 2,158,164 people.
Nutrition and Health : 1,068,206 people
Reaching at-risk mothers and children: In five states across Nigeria, we worked with partners to scale up nutrition services to reach the most vulnerable mothers and children with lifesaving treatment. By the end of 2015, in all five states, we succeeded in establishing services for community-based outpatient treatment of acute malnutrition that met internationally recognized standards for quality.
Providing education and safety nets. We provided pregnant women and mothers with young children with cash transfers meet their families’ urgent food needs, nutrition education to improve their knowledge of vital care and feeding practices for infants and young children.
Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene : 184,756 people
Rebuilding infrastructure: In Yobe and Borno, where entire communities have been destroyed by conflict, we built new water sources and latrines, and rebuilt water points that were in disrepair. We also provided displaced populations with showers and hygiene kits to ensure adequate sanitation.
Letting communities lead: In Yobe and Borno, we set up “Community Led” sanitation initiatives that put displaced people in charge of managing adequate sanitation conditions in their homes and shared public spaces.
Food Security and Livelihoods : 120,267 people
Meeting basic survival needs: We provided at-risk displaced families—and vulnerable households in host communities—with monthly cash transfers and electronic vouchers to allow them to purchase food in local markets or pay for other urgent household needs.
Providing mothers with support systems: Our “Porridge Moms” initiative in Borno established 60 mother-to-mother support groups, built community cooking stoves, and hosted cooking demonstrations to educate mothers about how to prepare nutritious foods. In Yobe and Borno, we helped displaced families earn income with micro-gardening and “micro-business” training.
Mothers sharing strength to overcome hunger
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