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Last modified: September 6, 2011, 4:20 PM
Recognized worldwide as a leader in the fight against hunger, Action Against Hunger directly delivers emergency aid and longer-term assistance to people suffering from the dire consequences of natural disaster or man-made crisis. Our mission is to save lives by combating hunger, disease, and the crises threatening the lives of helpless men, women, and children.
Action Against Hunger is an international, non-governmental, non-religious organization that was created in Paris in 1979. Since then, the organization has developed within the framework of an interdependent international network, with headquarters in France (Paris), the US (New York), the UK (London), Canada (Montreal), and Spain (Madrid).
Action Against Hunger directly implements programs in over 40 countries, saving four million lives every year. Our fieldworkers comprise over 400 professionals: specialists in the fields of nutrition, agriculture, water and sanitation and public health. Action Against Hunger relies on the skills of its local teams of 4000 people to develop programs that are well adapted to the needs of its beneficiaries.
Action Against Hunger intervenes in crises with emergency programs to respond to urgent needs. Even during acute crises, we implement long-term sustainable development programs. The ultimate aim of all our programs is to enable vulnerable populations to regain their self-sufficiency as soon as possible.
Our 5-pronged approach integrates nutrition, water and sanitation, food security, health and advocacy programs. These complementary activities are necessary in our fight against hunger, which goes beyond simply supplying food. It is not enough to cure children suffering from malnutrition; it is also necessary to fight the diseases and epidemics that cause millions of cases of infant malnutrition and to ensure access to safe drinking water. Our technical departments are constantly defining new techniques adapted to the individual crises and specific needs to which we respond, as well as identifying the real causes of hunger and defining relevant solutions. Action Against Hunger pioneered the therapeutic milk formula, now used by all relief agencies, which reduced infant mortality in the world from 20% to 5% in less than five years.