Action Against Hunger is the world’s leading charity in the fight against child hunger, treating more young children for life-threatening hunger than any other charity. They work around the world in some of the most unimaginable conditions saving children’s lives and making sure that every child they reach gets the food and water they need for a strong start in life. In 2018 alone, Action Against Hunger supported more than 21 million people in 47 countries.
Since 2013, with your support, we've managed to raise an incredible £347,000 for our charity partner Action Against Hunger.
It takes just six weeks to treat and cure a child whose life is at risk due to lack of adequate nutritious food – that’s just £42 to save a child’s life and change their future. We've covered the cost of the therapeutic food needed to save the lives of over 8,000 malnourished children!
"All I want is for Simbo to grow up, go to school and be happy in life"
2 year old Simbo lives in Kourougue village in Mali. Simbo, whose name means "big hunter" in the local Baramba language, is strong and healthy as his name would suggest. But this fun loving little boy wasn't always so healthy.
Only a few weeks before Action Against Hunger's communications team met Simbo, he could not sit up and was underweight. His mother Mamissa tried desperately to get him to eat, but Simbo was so weak he couldn't.
Fortunately, for Simbo, he lives in a village with an Action Against Hunger trained community health worker, Hawa, who recognized Simbo's symptoms. After diagnosing Simbo with an acute form of hunger, Hawa prescribed him a course of ready-to-use therapeutic food for 4 weeks. With Hawa's support, Mamissa was able to treat Simbo from her own home.
Thankfully, Simbo responded well to treatment. "He soon started sitting up, then began crawling and walking," said Mamissa. Before long he was back to normal "eating and playing".
In Mali, acute malnutrition rates for children under five years of age are shockingly high. And because of the long distances to health centers, very often, children aren't receiving treatment at all or are only brought to the centers when their condition has become critical. Action Against Hunger's innovative work, training community health workers like Hawa, is ensuring more children with acute malnutrition are reached sooner.
With your continued support, more vulnerable children suffering from hunger will have a stronger start in life and a brighter future. With 16 million children suffering from the most severe form of hunger and only 4 million able to get the treatment they need, there is so much more to be done.