A boy is screened for malnutrition at an Action Against Hunger treatment centre in Mali.

About Action Against Hunger

We’ll fight for every child’s life until the world is free from hunger.

We’re an international charity committed to saving the lives of malnourished children and supporting their families to beat hunger.

For more than 40 years, we’ve led the global movement that aims to end life-threatening hunger for good within our lifetimes. Our teams are on the front lines – treating and preventing malnutrition in some of the world’s most remote places.

We empower people to provide for themselves, see their children grow up strong, and help their communities prosper.

Thanks to generous support from people like you, we’re creating better ways to deal with hunger.

Our work

  • 17m

    Globally, we reached 17 million people through our programmes in 2019.

  • 91p

    Out of every £1 raised, 91p goes directly to our charitable activities.

  • 46

    We're fighting hunger and malnutrition in 46 countries across the world.

Why our work matters

Around the world, 690 million people go to bed hungry every night. Nearly half of all child deaths worldwide are from causes related to hunger and undernutrition, even though most of the causes are predictable, preventable and treatable.

Our programmes tackle both the causes and effects of hunger. Our main areas of work include:

  • nutrition
  • water, sanitation and hygiene
  • mental health care and support
  • responding to emergencies
  • reducing the risk of disasters and their impacts on hunger
  • ensuring people have enough food so they can build a better future
  • campaigning for change
Why hunger?

Why hunger?

It’s unacceptable that, in a world that produces enough food to feed its entire population, over 3 billion people can’t even afford the cheapest healthy diet.

Together we can change this

How our work helps

With your support, we’ve been able to help millions of people over many decades respond to emergencies, recover from malnutrition and build better futures.

Recently, our work across the world has included:

  • helping the response to coronavirus in Somalia, supporting the only the quarantine hospital in the country’s capital, Mogadishu
  • working in 60 health facilities in Yemen to treat 31,000 people suffering from malnutrition during the ongoing conflict
  • treating over 3,500 children under five for undernutrition every day in Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh
  • restoring access to safe water for communities affected by the Beirut port explosion in Lebanon

Our teams save hundreds of thousands of lives each year, but millions of malnourished children still need life-saving treatment and their families need urgent support. We’re committed to making sure people in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities get the help they need to survive.

Disasters Emergency Committee

In September 2018 we joined the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) as its newest member.

The DEC brings together 14 leading UK aid charities in times of major humanitarian disasters overseas. During DEC appeals, we all work together to raise money to help poorer countries respond to crises and to ensure emergency support reaches the people that need it the most.

So far we have joined appeals to help communities respond to the Indonesia Tsunami in September 2018, Cyclone Idai in East Africa in March 2019 and coronavirus in Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen in July 2020.

Our impactA community supported by Action Against Hunger in Tanzania.

Our impact

Meet the communities we're supporting through our life-saving programmes across the world.

How we make change

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What we stand for

An Action Against Hunger health worker in Mali.

We tackle the causes and effects of hunger in vulnerable communities – no matter what the circumstances.

How we're run

Ibrahim, an Action Against Hunger community health worker in Mali, on his motorbike.

We’re part of a worldwide network fighting malnutrition alongside five other member organisations.

Where your money goes

Muk collects bag of rice at an Action Against Hunger distribution centre in Bangladesh.

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we’re able to support 17 million people around the world.