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Building Community Resilience in Sierra Leone

Since 2020, through the MoPAD* project, we have been supporting community structures in the village of Madina. Within the framework of this project, we set up support groups for mothers and fathers, train health workers and work with savings and credit associations.

* Movement for Public Accountability and Development (MoPAD SL)

The MoPAD project aims to help communities in a sustainable way by raising awareness of sustainable nutrition practices in households. The focus is on children under 5, adolescents and pregnant and lactating women. Through awareness raising, communities develop and strengthen their resilience to undernutrition and climate change.

In order to fight against inequalities, a village savings and credit association has been set up. This association helps to create cohesion and harmony within the village: we offer training in savings management and in investing in small income-generating activities such as the creation of vegetable gardens. Adama, a mother who is a beneficiary of the project, says: “Before, many children suffered from undernutrition. Now it is very rare. “

Learn more about our missions in Sierra Leone : Our work in Sierra Leone – Action contre la Faim

To    read    the     full    article:     A mother-to-mother support group to fight malnutrition (actioncontrelafaim.org)

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A severe and persistent drought in the Horn of Africa, what consequences?

More than 13 million people are currently severely food insecure in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya, countries that will experience a fourth consecutive year of short rainy seasons. Because of the drought, food, water and sanitation resources are becoming increasingly rare.

In February 2022, Action Against Hunger stated that it was extremely concerned about the severe drought that persists in the Horn of Africa. “In some of our nutritional stabilisation centres, the number of children suffering from the most severe form of undernutrition has tripled in a few months. Our teams are mobilising to help families cope with the climate crisis by providing nutritional treatment, financial assistance and water programs, but with 98% of humanitarian aid currently underfunded, this is only the beginning,” says A. Khalif, Action Against Hunger’s Country Director in Somalia.

Leading humanitarian organisations are calling for $4.4 billion to save lives, mitigate the Ethiopian conflict and prevent hunger from spreading. “To avoid the worst, we need a collective preventive approach in terms of funding and programming (…) the stakes are high. If nothing changes, it will be impossible to avoid famine. Donors must act now, before it is too late,” says H. Maalim, regional director of Action Against Hunger.

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Diversifying your diet to fight malnutrition

Noor Bahar is 30 years old and has lived in Nayapara refugee camp with her husband and five children since 2017. Noor and her husband struggle to make ends meet, their diet and that of their children is low in protein and nutritious food. In the Nayapara camp, we were raising awareness among women about food practices, food security and undernutrition.

At the nutrition centre of Action Against Hunger, Noor received treatment for her daughter. In addition, she joined a mothers’ group and participated in individual and group discussions, where she was made aware of child nutrition, food hygiene, but also of the diversified nutritious foods, she can get despite having limited resources. In addition to nutrition counselling, refugees in the camp can benefit from psychosocial support sessions with Action Against Hunger’s Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) teams.

This year in Nayapara, Action Against Hunger teams have treated more than 3,000 children under the age of five with severe acute malnutrition.

Learn more about our missions in Bangladesh: Our work in Bangladesh – Action contre la Faim

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Unprecedented famine in Madagascar

The effects of the climate crisis has hit hard the Deep South region of Madagascar, with a sharp increase in the frequency and intensity of droughts in recent years. Famine (Kéré in Malagasy) is endemic in the region, but today a food crisis of a new gravity is at play. The near absence of rains in 2020 has had the effect of wiping out the agricultural season, leading to an earlier and more severe hunger gap than in previous years. To date, more than one million people in the Deep South are seriously food insecure.

 

Some households in the districts of the Deep South have almost exhausted any possibility of accessing income or food: “We cannot feed our children. This is what hurts us the most. There is no rain so there are no crops. We eat plants. Whatever we can gather“, says Donoe, 40, a single mother of 6 children in Ampanihy.

In 2020, Action Against Hunger set up mobile health and nutrition teams. 25 mobile teams are travelling through 9 districts of the region to follow up with the communities furthest from the health centres. If the crisis persists, only a recovery action to support the activities will allow the disaster to be overcome. This is why our teams are maintaining their efforts alongside the Malagasy people.

Learn more about our missions in Madagascar : Our work in Madagascar – Action contre la Faim

Read the full article: Drought causes humanitarian crisis in Madagascar (actioncontrelafaim.org)