Help build a world where no children die from dirty water.

Water is becoming more and more scarce.

You can only survive for three to five days without water. If you have water but it’s dirty, you’ll get ill. And then it doesn’t matter if you eat healthy food, because you’ll lose all the nutrients and are then faced with life-threatening hunger.

When that happens, it doesn’t matter how much water you drink, you’re at risk of dying of thirst because your body needs to get rid of all the infected water and you dehydrate rapidly.

So, before anything else, everyone needs to have a safe and reliable source of water.

Will you join thousands of others and stop waterborne diseases in their tracks?

We build and repair waterpoints, toilet blocks and handwashing stations. We distribute water purification tablets and install water filters. We improve irrigation systems in rural communities. And in homes and schools, we teach people about the importance of good hygiene.

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Improving toilets and empowering students in Tanzania

At one school in Tanzania, where 1,100 children attend, seven inadequate toilets led various health issues. But now Action Against Hunger has built 20 new toilets - transforming the lives of students.


Everyone, everywhere needs to have a safe and reliable source of water

  • 1,000

    The number of children who die everyday from diarrhoea, dysentery, and cholera caused by dirty water and unhygienic living conditions.

  • 2.3BN

    More than 2 billion people lack basic handwashing services.

  • 1 in 4

    A quarter of people around the world lack drinking water in their homes.

How are Action Against Hunger helping?

Life-threatening hunger is predictable, preventable and treatable, so a world without it is possible.

We tackle it where it hits and stop it. Whenever and wherever people need our help.

More than that, we work to prevent it in the first place by leading research that will create a world free from hunger. Forever.

How do we do this?

  • We train parents and healthcare workers to spot the first signs of malnutrition.
  • We deliver life-saving care to people who need it.
  • We lead research to drive forward understanding of how to predict, prevent and treat life-threatening hunger.

Why your support matters

We won’t give up until the world is free from hunger, but many more children need our help.

With your support, we can:

  • ensure access to healthy, nutritious food
  • provide clean water, good hygiene and health services
  • train more community health workers to treat malnourished children
  • inform more families about how to stay healthy and prevent more children from dying
  • provide emergency support to families fleeing conflict

Life-saving treatments are cheaply available and extremely effective. Right now, children and babies need your help. Please donate today.

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Support children and their families going thirsty today

Your gift could help provide access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene services, to those who need it most.


More about Action Against Hunger

About us

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

We save the lives of malnourished children and support their families to beat hunger.

What we stand for

An Action Against Hunger health worker in Mali.

At all times, our aim is to save the lives of vulnerable people affected by hunger.