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Water, a major challenge
Nutrition and Health
Nutrition and health above all is at the heart of our mission.
Food Security and Resources of Existence
Food security and livelihoods for all.
Mental Health, Care Pratices, Gender and Protection
We provide psychological support to the most vulnerable
Mobilise and influence
Risk and Disaster Management
Faced with the accelerating trend in global warming, natural disasters are more frequent and more intense.
We are developing research programmes in response to the problem of hunger in the world.
The malnutrition of one out of two infants is linked to waterborne diseases, to an unhealthy environment, and limited access to drinking water. In 2016, 1.8 billion people used water coming from a contaminated source.
More than 80% of the water used generated in the world goes back into the ecosystem without being treated or recycled. In the majority of cases, the community does not have the infrastructure required for treating used water.
Water is draining from fecal matter, medical waste, farming pesticides and potentially-toxic chemical products discarded by human activity. Entire communities can fall ill if the drinking water is contaminated and hygiene is neglected. On drinking a water source contaminated by excrements, the people risk catching fatal illnesses such as diarrhea, cholera, dysentery, typhoid or polio.
Action Against Hunger (AAH) intervenes in the prevention of malnutrition and leads programs for improving the access to clean water, building latrines, drainage, etc. It also holds awareness sessions on good hygiene practice and water management. In emergency situations (epidemics, natural catastrophes, etc.), they put an activity leader out in the field (distributing water with tankers, hygiene kits, putting into place emergency sanitation, risk prevention programs) whilst at the same time coordinating the humanitarian response.
In addition to treating and preventing malnutrition, AAH follows an integrated approach to managing the risks related to natural catastrophes by adapting to climatic change. This cross-transversal approach is integrated in their programs in different operational interventions. This involves preparing for implementing strategies and practices aimed at limiting the vulnerability of the people, the risks and the consequences of the catastrophes on the lifestyle of the people.
The lack of access to drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene and their consequence on malnutrition are the biggest challenges on a global scale that we are trying to overcome.
Position & policy papers, studies, manuals & guidelines, reports
Democratic Republic of CongoEmergency response to the spread of the Ebola virus...
FactsheetImpact of wash on acute malnutrition
BangladeshCOVID-19 RESPONSE in Bangladesh
The latest news about our Action.
IraqReturning and rebuilding life in Sinjar
IraqDetecting Water Leaks in Iraq
JordanThe First Humanitarian Water, Sanitation and Hygiene...
Sierra LeoneAccess to safe water thanks to a new governance model
Central African RepublicProviding water for people displaced by the conflicts
Journée Mondiale de l'EauAccess to water and sanitation: a daily struggle