Sakariya with his grandmother a day before being discharged from the stabilisation centre in Hodan, Mogadishu.

Al-Thani Humanitarian Fund signs memorandum to save lives

The landmark agreement will help improve access to malnutrition treatment for children across East Africa.

By Action Against Hunger

Jan 10 2020

We’re delighted to announce the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the Thani Bin Abdullah Bin Thani Al-Thani Humanitarian Fund.

As part of the partnership, Action Against Hunger has received £5.3 million to provide life-saving assistance to more than 240,000 children facing malnutrition in Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and Tanzania.

This funding is part of a £20.6 million allocation by the fund to four non-governmental organisations – Action Against Hunger, Oxfam, Care International and Save the Children. Thanks to this support, we’ll be able to provide food, water, medicine, shelter and health services to some of the world’s poorest communities.

"We're extremely grateful to the Thani Bin Abdullah Bin Thani Al-Thani Humanitarian fund for their support," says Jean-Michel Grand, Executive Director of Action Against Hunger UK. "The signing of this historic partnership marks the beginning of an exciting chapter for our organisations.

"This new partnership will mean our lifesaving programmes will reach hundreds of thousands more children – and that those children will win their battle with hunger. This is something to be celebrated."

The Thani Bin Abdullah Bin Thani Al-Thani Humintarian Fund signs memorandum of understanding with Action Against Hunger.
HE Sheikh Dr Khalid Bin Thani Bin Abdullah Bin Thani Al-Thani signs memorandum of understanding with Action Against Hunger trustee Timothy Wright.

Improving malnutrition treatment in East Africa

The funding will provide much-needed treatment for children suffering from acute malnutrition in Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and Tanzania.

As part of the project, community health workers will screen children for malnutrition in their local area using a mid-upper arm circumference band (or MUAC band). After screening, our teams will refer all malnourished children to their nearest health centre for treatment.

In particular, the programme will also help ensure a consistent supply of ready-to-use therapeutic food. In the past, the lack of available therapeutic food has led to many children dropping out of treatment – so this will help ensure we save even more lives.

HE Sheikh Thani Bin Abdullah Bin Thani Al-Thani.

"It's certainly an honour for us to establish a long-term strategic partnership with a reputable organisation such as Action Against Hunger to address global emergency humanitarian needs," says HE Sheikh Thani.

"With this partnership, we are confident of achieving the maximum positive impact on saving lives among populations afflicted with calamities, irrespective of creed, colour or religion."

Action Against Hunger has been working in Kenya since 2002
Action Against Hunger has been working in Kenya since 2002

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