Action Against Hunger UK

Our mission is to save lives by eliminating hunger through the prevention, detection and treatment of malnutrition, especially during and after emergency situations of conflict, war and natural disaster. From crisis to sustainability, we tackle the underlying causes of malnutrition and its effects. By integrating our programmes with local and national systems we further ensure that short-term interventions become long-term solutions.
Jul 10, 2012

Chad Project Final Report

In Chad, such as in kanem region, where 60% of the population already lived in a permanent state of food security, the emergency threshold showed how much critical and alarming the situation of child malnutrition was. With a shrinking defense against seasonal hunger, families were forced to reduce their daily meals. Afterwards, the prolonged rationing of food has pushed many families into extreme poverty and mainly has a permanent impact on the growth and development of young children.

In summary, the project has been very successful. The initial target was to provide critical life-saving treatment, through provision of "Plumpy Nut", to at least 1000 children suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) across our Therapeutic Feeding Centres (TFCs) and Outpatient Treatment Programmes (OTPs) in the region. The cure rate for these children under 5 is currently 70.4% with the average length of stay for nomadic groups, the defaulting rate for beneficiaries attending the TFCs and OTPs are relatively high, at 29.6%. This is due to the nature of livestock movements and families needing to move to  pastures, or near sources away from our centers. Another positive note, the vaccination programme is proceeding well, with coverage for children in the region at over 73% as at the end of 2011.

Action Against Hunger wants to thank you. Your support was vital and made a real difference. In essence, your commitment and your contribution have allowed us through Global Giving website to save thousands of malnourished children in Chad but also have helped support this wider programme to help achieve the cure rates and vaccination coverage above. The project is now in phase of early recovery so the rest of the money will be allocated to Emergency Pool Funds.

May 9, 2012

Chad Project Update - May 2012

The conflict neighbouring Libya has taken its toll. A large number of camels are usually sold in Libya, but trade has slowed due to the conflict. Similarly, cows and goats are often sold with Nigerrian traders, but the border with Nigeria is currently closed and Chadian herders struggle to sell their remaining cattle. The impact of all these factors is a dramatic rise in child malnutrition.

With more than 2,000 malnourished children admitted to Action Against Hunger feeding centres in Kanem in February alone, there was no time to lose. To date, ACF remains one of the only aid agencies working in this region, providing a range of life-supporting services whilst building the resilience of local communities to cope with crises.

Thanks to your commitment and contribution, Action Against Hunger's team have launched livelihoods programmes aimed at providing more than 600 metric tonnes of animal fodder to 3,500 livestock herders to prevent them from selling their animals at meagre prices in exchange for food, help them and their children through the lean season and ensure food security.

Feb 8, 2012

Chad Project Update - February 2012

Country Context – January 2012

While the Eastern part of the country is somewhat stabilizing, Chad overall continues to face challenges related to protection and assistance for refugees, the repatriation and reintegration of migrants from Libya, and assistance to people affected by malnutrition, food insecurity, epidemics and natural disasters.

The Western and central areas of Chad continue experiencing large-scale severe malnutrition and food insecurity. The border areas in Southern and Eastern areas are also affected by high levels of insecurity, due to banditry and organised crime.

Thank you

Thanks to your commitment and contribution, ACF teams continue to support the people of Chad and all money raised in the purchase of Plumpy Nut continues to help in treating children affected by severe acute malnutrition.