Action Against Hunger

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Action Against Hunger
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Formation 1979 (1979)
Type Non-profit
Legal status 501(c)(3)
Purpose To end child malnutrition whilst providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger.
Headquarters New York, USA; Montreal, Canada; London, UK; Paris, France; Madrid, Spain
Region served
Over 45 countries around the world
Mission Action Against Hunger saves the lives of severely malnourished children whilst helping vulnerable communities become self-sufficient.
Website www.actionagainsthunger.org (US) www.actionagainsthunger.org.uk (UK)

Action Against Hunger is a global humanitarian organization committed to ending world hunger. The organization helps malnourished children whilst providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger.

History[edit]

Action Against Hunger was established in 1979 by a group of French doctors, scientists, and writers. Nobel Prize-winning physicist Alfred Kastler served as the organization's first chairman.

The group initially provided assistance to Afghanistan refugees in Pakistan, famine-stricken Ugandan communities, and Cambodian refugees in Thailand. It expanded to address additional humanitarian concerns in Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, the Balkans and elsewhere during the 1980's and 1990's. Action Against Hunger's Scientific Committee pioneered the therapeutic milk formula (F100), now used by all major humanitarian aid organizations to treat acute malnutrition. As a result, the global mortality rate of severely malnourished children under the age of five has been reduced from 25% to 5%.[2] A few years later, therapeutic milk was repackaged as ready-to-use therapeutic foods (RUTFs), a peanut-based paste packaged like a power bar. These bars allow for the treatment of malnutrition at home, and do not require any preparation or refrigeration.

Action Against Hunger – USA was established in 1997. The international network currently has headquarters in five countries – France, Spain, the United States, Canada, and the UK. Its four main areas of work include nutrition, food security, water and sanitation, and advocacy.[3]

Restaurants Against Hunger[edit]

Action Against Hunger's Restaurants Against Hunger Campaign partners with leaders from the food and beverage industry to bring attention to global hunger. Each year, the campaign raises funds and support for Action Against Hunger's programs.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Charity Navigator Rating - Action Against Hunger | ACF-USA
  2. ^ Desjeux, JF; Briend, A; Prudhon, C; Greletty, Y; Golden, MH. "Definition and evaluation of therapeutic food for severely malnourished children in situations of humanitarian emergencies". Bull Acad Natl Med. 182: 1679–90; discussion 1691–5. PMID 10188315. 
  3. ^ http://www.actioncontrelafaim.org/fr/nos-missions
  4. ^ Love Food Give Food - Action Against Hunger
  5. ^ Restaurants Against Hunger | Action Against Hunger

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