Action Against Hunger has been working in Liberia since 1990

Liberia

Liberia remains one of the poorest countries in the world with 64% of its population living below the poverty line.

 

Country Overview

Liberia remains one of the poorest countries in the world. 64% of its population lives below the poverty line ($1.25 per day). Liberians grapple with a legacy of destroyed infrastructure, widespread poverty and poor living conditions. Liberia has suffered from chronic food insecurity since the outbreak of civil war 1989, that lasted 14 years and exacerbated the country’s low agricultural production and poor household incomes.

The healthcare system also had to cope with the Ebola epidemic in 2014, putting enormous strain on an already fragile network and claiming thousands of lives. This epidemic also put harvests at risk and sent food prices soaring in the region, increasing the risk of hunger and malnutrition. 

The country has entered a recession, with an inflation rate reaching 28% at the end of 2018. Chronic malnutrition remains a persistent public health problem too. 

 

58,601
People we helped in 2018

 What we are doing

Action Against Hunger has been in Liberia since 1990. Over the years, our approach to supporting the Liberian population has evolved as civil war came to an end and other challenges such as Ebola swept through the country.

We have continued to work with the Ministry of Health and local health authorities in order to ensure that malnutrition is addressed countrywide and that it's causes and effects are taken into consideration in forward planning projects. We have also trained health personnel at local and national level to ensure our projects are sustainable. 

Our programmes in Liberia include:

  • Nutrition and health programmes
  • Supporting the creation of 35 mother support groups to promote improved infant and young child feeding care and practices in the community 
  • Providing clean water and sanitation facilities as well as building new water points particularly in schools and health centres
  • Training up local communities to maintain water points 

 

Action Against Hunger has been working in Liberia since 1990
Action Against Hunger has been working in Liberia since 1990

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Facts

Number of staff
5
Operating since
1990
Based in
Monrovia