Which countries are most affected by the hunger crisis?
Afghanistan has been affected by conflict for more than 40 years, and families continue to flee their homes in search of safety. And with rising poverty, harsh weather conditions, and natural disasters, millions are going hungry. Nearly half of all children under five need life-saving treatment for acute malnutrition.
Our mobile teams are working across Afghanistan to treat malnourished children under five and pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. And we’re working with partners to give cash grants to entrepreneurs, and support families with cash for food.
Democratic Republic of Congo is facing conflict, economic challenges, and extreme weather events. 27 million people can‘t get enough food.
When Coronavirus hit, we supported local health facilities to treat malnourished children and improve nutrition in the face of the pandemic. We’re working across the country to improve child protection, hygiene, healthcare, and nutrition.
East Africa. Combined with the pandemic, countries across this region are facing droughts, flooding, desert locusts, political instability, conflict, and economic instability.
Across East Africa, we’re:
- treating children with acute malnutrition,
- supporting families with cash transfers,
- promoting positive nutrition practices, and
- distributing emergency food assistance
North-East Nigeria’s three states have suffered ten years of violence and conflict. Alongside partners, we’re supporting livelihoods, treating malnourished children, and teaching parents how to spot malnutrition and help children get enough good food.
The Sahel – Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger. For decades, communities in the Sahel haven’t been able to get enough to eat. Climate change and COVID-19 have made the situation worse, and competition over land and resources has led to growing violence.
Alongside partners, we’re pushing governments to control the price of food and put in place social safety nets for the most vulnerable families. We’re also helping families access money and food, and teaching communities how to help children get a nutritious diet.
Syria has suffered through ten years of war. And this war has caused inflation, job losses, and economic deterioration. More than half of the population can’t get enough food to eat. Almost a third of Syrian children are stunted.
Together with our partners, we’re:
- providing counselling to pregnant and breastfeeding mothers,
- teaching parents to spot malnutrition,
- promoting positive eating habits, and
- giving money and food essentials to families .
Venezuela’s economic crisis has been ongoing since 2015. Hyperinflation means most people can’t afford food and medicine, and millions have been forced to flee the country. And the impact of COVID-19 on jobs and support services means the situation is likely to get worse.
We’re working with partners in Colombia and Peru to help children get good food and give families cash for essentials. And in Venezuela, we’re:
- supporting struggling children and families with food and nutrition supplements,
- teaching about good nutrition,
- helping schools and community kitchens provide healthy meals, and
- delivering cash grants
Yemen is facing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. The ongoing war has brought the country to its knees, and 5 million people are a step away from famine.
- We support over two hundred health facilities across Yemen to deliver life-saving nutrition services.
- Our teams of health workers and community volunteers screen children under 5 and pregnant and breastfeeding women for malnutrition and refer them for treatment in our clinics.
- And we're giving families food assistance, livelihoods support, and cash grants.