Action Against Hunger calls on the U.N. to implement Resolution 2417 and help break the deadly link between conflict and hunger

Press releases   •   May 31, 2019 09:27 BST

The eight most serious hunger crises in the world are in conflict-affected countries.

WARRINGTON MUSIC FESTIVAL PLEDGES TO RAISE FUNDS FOR ACTION AGAINST HUNGER

Press releases   •   May 03, 2019 10:05 BST

Warrington Music Festival is supporting the MealTickets live music fundraising campaign for international humanitarian charity Action Against Hunger.

ALMOST 11 MILLION PEOPLE TO FACE HUNGER CRISIS IN THE SAHEL IN 2019

Press releases   •   May 03, 2019 07:00 BST

• Although the Autumn rains were better than those of former years, a lack of resilience to poor previous harvests, coupled with violence in the border areas of Niger-Mali-Burkina Faso, Lake Chad and Mauritania- Senegal, will exacerbate the 2019 hunger season. • One in five people needing humanitarian assistance globally live in the Sahel, yet this area receives only 12% of the world's aid.

​NEW GUIDELINES TO ENHANCE FOOD INSECURITY AND MALNUTRITION ANALYSIS INCLUDING IN AREAS WITH NO HUMANITARIAN ACCESS

News   •   Apr 25, 2019 06:00 BST

‘Famine Likely’: new classification to boost warning

​VIOLENCE DISPLACES MORE THAN 87,000 IN MALI IN JUST THREE MONTHS

Press releases   •   Apr 09, 2019 11:56 BST

Humanitarian agencies in northern and central Mali are ringing the alarm bell about their ability to respond to such a rapidly growing humanitarian crisis.

TWO THIRDS OF PEOPLE WITH ACUTE HUNGER LIVE IN 21 COUNTRIES IN CONFLICT: NEW HUNGER FIGURES EVIDENCE THE LINKS BETWEEN WAR AND HUNGER

News   •   Apr 02, 2019 09:00 BST

• Yemen, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Syria, Nigeria and South Sudan and Sudan were among the eight countries that represent two-thirds - or 72 million people - who faced acute food insecurity last year, according to the Food Security Information Network’s (FSIN) 2019 Global Report on Food Crises.

SAFE DRINKING WATER AND SANITATION ACCESS NEGLECTED BY INTERNATIONAL FUNDING DURING HUMANITARIAN CRISES

Press releases   •   Mar 22, 2019 06:00 GMT

​ACTION AGAINST HUNGER STAFF MEMBER KILLED IN YEMEN VIOLENCE

Press releases   •   Mar 19, 2019 16:44 GMT

LONDON, 19 March 2019 – Action Against Hunger has learned with deep sadness about the killing of one of its Yemeni colleagues in Hodeidah last night. The agency condemns in the strongest terms the killing of its staff, and the violence impacting the lives of innocent civilians every day.

On March 18, at 4pm (GMT), clashes and shelling were reported in and around Hodeidah city. Action Against Hunger staff member, Aamnah, a hygiene promotor, was on the roof of her house with her sister when shrapnel struck them both. Aamnah was killed instantly and her sister was severely injured.

Aamnah worked with Action Against Hunger from 2016 to 2017 in a diarrhoea treatment centre. She then joined the agency as hygiene promoter in May 2018. The sessions Aamnah led were focused on educating people about the risks of waterborne diseases and how to prevent transmission. Aamnah was an esteemed and hardworking colleague, fully dedicated to supporting the most vulnerable people in Yemen's war.

“Today we learned with deep sadness about the killing of Aamnah. She was an example of dedication and passion within the organisation. Our hearts and thoughts are with her family, friends and our colleagues in Yemen,” said Véronique Andrieux, executive director at Action Against Hunger.

The agency’s office in Hodeidah will remain closed for the next two days as a mark of respect for Aamnah and her family, and to assess the ongoing security situation.

In Hodeidah governorate, 21 health facilities are supported by Action Against Hunger to treat acute malnutrition. Additionally, the agency is running the main diarrhoea treatment centre in the city of Hodeidah, as well as helping to supply safe water.

“This tragic event shows that the situation in Yemen is far from being stabilised, and violence continues to kill and maim innocent civilians every day. It is critical that all parties to the conflict fulfil the commitments of the ceasefire agreement, including the immediate cessation of hostilities and the protection of all civilians,” adds Andrieux.

  • Action against Hunger has worked in Yemen since 2012. Programme locations include Lahj and Abyan in the south of the country; Hodeida in the centre; and Hajja in the north. In 2018, Action Against Hunger treated more than 30,000 people across Yemen for acute malnutrition and completed hygiene promotion programmes for more than 500,000 beneficiaries. In Yemen, Action against Hunger works with 292 staff across the country.
  • Action Against Hunger is a global humanitarian organisation that takes decisive action against the causes and effects of hunger. We save the lives of malnourished children and work with their communities before and after disaster strikes. We ensure that everyone can access clean water, food, training and healthcare. We enable people to provide for themselves and we constantly search for more effective solutions, while sharing our knowledge and expertise with the world. We push for long-term change. We will never give up. Until the world is free from hunger.
  • In 2017, Action Against Hunger helped more than 20.2 million people in nearly 50 countries around the world.
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​TORRENTIAL RAINS AND FLOODING DISPLACE THOUSANDS IN SOUTHERN AFGHANISTAN

News   •   Mar 18, 2019 11:24 GMT

London, 18 March, 2019: Since early March this year, storms and torrential rains have struck Kandahar and other southern and south-eastern provinces in Afghanistan including Helmand and Kunar.

Flash floods in southern Helmand province have also caused widespread damage in the Lashkargah, Nahri Siraj, Nawa, Nadali, Garamsir and Dishu districts, with the majority of houses near to the riverbank completely destroyed.

According to regional government and Action Against Hunger’s emergency response team, more than 4,000 households in total are likely to have been affected by the flooding already.

The high influx of displaced people into areas unaffected by the rains and floods has put an extra burden on both hosting families in terms of dwindling food stocks, and the local job market as a whole.

Further exacerbating the humanitarian situation, security in Helmand remains challenging with more areas under control of armed groups, and frequent air strikes in northern Helmand causing more internal displacements. Consequently although not as severely affected by flood damage as some other areas, the depleted presence of aid workers and resources in the province is also likely to hinder aid efforts in the coming days.

During an initial joint assessment of close to 3,500 displaced people, or 436 households, in the Nawa and Nadali districts of Helmand province, it was found that every family had lost most of their cash savings, and all reported significant reductions in their monthly incomes

The subsequent overall food security of these families remains critical, with all but one household reporting having no food stock at all, and 71 per cent recording poor food consumption scores (FCS), which can lead to malnutrition and immune system deficiencies.

More than half of those assessed are now using stream and river water for drinking, washing and cooking, some of which is not safe to drink, and a similar number do not have access to toilets. This situation not only exacerbates the potential spread of disease, particularly cholera, typhoid, and dysentery, but also impacts emergency health expenditure.

Action Against Hunger has an active base in Helmand, where an emergency response programme is already in place. We have already provided 279 kitchen kits to displaced families, with other agencies providing tents, food packages, hygiene kits and cash transfers.

We are conducting a multi-sector assessment in the flood affected areas and, through START funding, have the capacity to help a further 4,000 household through multi-purpose cash transfers, shelter, and water, sanitation and hygiene programmes, as well as further expected flood-impacted families in Helmand and Ghor.

Heavy rains and flash flooding in southern Afghanistan have left thousands hungry and destitute

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CLOSE TO 12 MILLION SYRIANS IN NEED OF HUMANITARIAN AID FOLLOWING EIGHT YEARS OF CONFLICT

Press releases   •   Mar 12, 2019 10:36 GMT

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