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Mohamed Mechmache, Action Against Hunger’s Emergency Field Coordinator, reports on Action Against Hunger’s response to the crisis
Despite serious logistical challenges in reaching flood survivors in hard-hit areas of Pakistan, Action Against Hunger | ACF-International has launched emergency programmes to stem outbreaks of deadly water-borne illnesses and help families who have lost everything. These programmes target 52,500 people, particularly affected by torrential rains in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh regions.
We caught up with Nutrition & Medical Co-ordinator Raffaella Gentillini who has just returned from the Ivory Coast where she has spent the last year and a half providing long-term solutions to malnutrition in the Northern region of the country.
Nurses at the Therapeutic Feeding Centre in the Kaabong Referral Hospital call him “the miracle baby.” In the hospital records his name is Monday; the staff name orphaned babies according to the day of the week they are born.
Sitting in front of a feeding centre supported by Action Against Hunger in Kanem, Western Chad, one year old Adam smiles weakly as his mother Hawa cradles him. Determined to save her son, Hawa had travelled five days by camel in the burning heat to bring him to the feeding centre. His whole body swollen with oedema, Adam was in an advanced stage of acute malnutrition, a life-threatening type of hunger.
Drought, crop failure and high food prices have triggered severe food shortages in Niger. View the latest images and Action Against Hunger’s response here.
On January 12th a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, killing an estimated 230,000 people and turning the capital and surrounding areas to rubble. In Haiti for over 25 years, Action Against Hunger was one of the first organisations to respond to the disaster, rushing to provide clean water and deliver emergency services in nutrition, sanitation and hygiene. Today, we assist thousands of Haitian families living in very precarious conditions in some 40 camps throughout Port-au-Prince.
Meet Hajir who has been co-ordinating Action Against Hunger’s relief effort in Somalia for three years.
Six months ago, a survey conducted by Action Against Hunger in the region of Bahr el Ghazal, in western Chad, showed that 27 percent of the 687 under five children surveyed were malnourished, almost double the emergency threshold set by the World Health Organisation at 15 percent. Jean-François Carémel, Country Director for Action Against Hunger, talks to us about the current situation on the ground.
Sitting on the ruins of her home, Stephanie stares into the empty space while keeping an eye on her 12 year old sister Locita. The devastating earthquake has left her traumatised. “My dad was killed in the quake. He managed to escape from the rubble but passed away two weeks later due to internal bleeding…. nobody noticed he’d been injured. My mum is still in hospital; she is getting better but it will take another few weeks before she’ll be able to leave the clinic.”