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“One of the problem is the lack of good practices, explains Lemma, the nutrition program manager for Action Against Hunger, we see children coming to the center because their families don’t apply the basic hygiene rules. Children are often in contact with contaminated water or food, and they contract diarrhea that leads to malnutrition. That is why we hold caring and advices sessions with the mothers and their children when they get better. They go to the baby-friendly space just across the compound. Sometimes and particularly in time of crisis, the bond between the mother, or the caregiver, and the child has been temporally severed. We offer them a space where they can feel safe again and build a new relationship.”
In Gambella region, Action Against Hunger works both in refugee’s camp and within the local Ethiopian communities to prevent and fight malnutrition. Our activities are supported by the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations of the European Commission (ECHO), the Bureau of Populations, Refugees and Migrations (BPRM), Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).