Halima walks around her home in an internally displaced people camp in Somalia. Halima recovered from life-threatening malnutrition thanks to the support of Action Against Hunger.

UK aid: saving lives

The UK has led global efforts to reduce hunger and malnutrition around the world but this is now at risk because of aid cuts.

Together we can show the UK Government why UK Aid is so important to children’s futures.

Millions of children have been treated for life-threatening hunger through UK Aid. But the cut of UK Aid from 0.7% of GDI to 0.5% is putting their futures in jeopardy.

These cuts could mean nearly 3 million of mothers and their children go without life-saving nutrition treatment. Children living in some of the world’s poorest places – often growing up in conflict.

Their futures are worth fighting for. We’ll continue to advocate for a return to 0.7% to show that the UK is a committed, passionate country that steps in when children are at risk of dying from hunger and malnutrition.

How UK Aid helps

  • 50M

    In the last five years, nutrition programmes supported by UK Aid have reached 50 million people.

  • 23

    In 2020, UK Aid supported 23 Action Against Hunger projects – helping tens of thousands of people to tackle malnutrition.

  • 14

    UK Aid helped Action Against Hunger respond to 14 emergencies around the world in 2020, including the coronavirus pandemic.

Three reasons to be proud of UK Aid

  1. In the last five years, UK Aid’s nutrition programmes have reached 50 million people – an incredible achievement.
  2. UK Aid-funded health clinics have treated millions of children like Halima and Mohamed whose lives were at risk because of malnutrition. They were treated by doctors and nurses who had received training through UK Aid funding.
  3. UK leadership has made tackling malnutrition a global priority – since hosting the first-ever Nutrition for Growth Summit in 2013, the UK helped to raise £17 billion to help end hunger around the world.
Play videoAction Against Hunger Somalia helped Halima recover from life-threatening malnutrition.

UK Aid saved Halima's life

If malnutrition is treated fast, a child has a future. With expert care, one-year-old Halima survived life-threatening hunger and was nursed back to health in just six weeks.

Read Halima's story