Action Against Hunger’s nutrition programmes treat and prevent acute malnutrition in those most vulnerable, including young children and women who are pregnant or nursing. The programmes are launched most often during times of crisis: when an earthquake devastates a city, when civil war tears a country apart, when drought leads to famine, when families flee violence only to confront hunger. The context for our programmes can be as varied as the crises: from rural mountain villages, to ethnically divided cities, to the confines of overcrowded relocation camps for internally displaced persons.
Based on the unique demands of each situation, its context, and the local culture, Action Against Hunger designs a nutrition programme that will best meet the needs of the community. The core components of this programme include an evaluation of the community’s nutritional needs, the treatment and prevention of malnutrition, and technical training for local and national staff in charge of nutrition and public health. The approach is guided by a strategy of flexible response to conditions that can rapidly change. As soon as conditions allow, we work to integrate the programmes into existing public health structures to ensure the future nutritional well-being of the community.
Evaluation of nutritional needs
Treatment and prevention of acute malnutrition
To prevent a relapse in those recently discharged from Therapeutic Feeding Centres, and to assist those who suffer from acute malnutrition but require less intensive care, Outpatient Treatment Programmes provide treatment on a weekly basis. Our staff carefully monitor the nutritional health of the children, and dispense therapeutically formulated food that can be consumed without special preparation and easily transported to remote locations. Often mobile, these centres also help those who cannot reach the network of Therapeutic Feeding Centres. In addition to the medical and nutritional care, Action Against Hunger organises activities to encourage social interaction, strengthen family cohesion and educate caregivers on hygiene and nutrition.
Technical training and support for local staff
Jobs Against Hunger
Head of mission
Nutrition & Health
Water & Sanitation