TORONTO, Nov. 14, 2013 /CNW/ - Action Against Hunger / Action contre la
Faim (ACF) continues to deploy aid to those most affected by the
Philippines disaster. As an international humanitarian organization
dedicated to fighting hunger and its root causes, ACF is taking swift
steps to provide emergency relief and restorative efforts to those most
affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
ACF has been stationed in the Philippines since 2000 where acute
malnutrition has already been a concern. Now that the emergency has
devastated 11.8 million people, immediate (ready-to-eat) food supplies
are badly needed. Looting is increasing with the level of need.
To date, ACF has delivered 128 tonnes of humanitarian supplies to Cebu,
Tacloban, Bohol, Capiz and other severely affected areas. More
deliveries are on their way. ACF reinforcements thus far include 30
people, in addition to the 100 individuals already stationed in the
In addition to food, priorities include clean water, sanitation and
hygiene systems and other survival essentials. "The spread of disease
can be a precursor for acute malnutrition," explains Susanne Courtney,
Executive Director, Action Against Hunger Canada. "Water, sanitation
and hygiene (WASH) are essential parts of disaster relief and acute
malnutrition prevention. ACF staff specializing in WASH have arrived in
the Capital and waiting for deployment to where they are needed most."
The ACF Philippines team has also procured deployment packs composed of
tents, sleeping bags, medicines, food packs, flash lights, and other
The process of providing essentials will likely last three to six months
- but it is just the beginning.
Farms, fields and fishing resources have all been badly damaged. Markets
have been devastated. Approximately 100,000 hectares of rice and other
key crops have been lost or damaged. And 2.5 million people are in need
of food assistance.
"It is important to remember that aid will be needed for more than just
a few weeks," said Olivier Longue, Director for Action Against Hunger.
"The millions of affected people will need our support for longer term
recovery work: we need to rebuild homes, restore livelihoods, and
establish health networks."
Longer efforts focused on recovery and re-building will likely take
upwards of two years. International fundraising will play an important
"Canadians have an important role to play in the recovery efforts for
the Philippines," said Courtney. "We encourage individuals to act
swiftly and give what they can." The federal government has said it
will match every dollar Canadians donate to registered Canadian
charities for aid to the Philippines, until the deadline of December 9.
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About Action Against Hunger
Founded in France in 1979, Action Against Hunger/ Action contre la Faim
(ACF) is a leading international humanitarian organization committed to
ending world hunger, with a special focus on children under five. Our
programs save lives and provide communities with long-term solutions to
hunger and its underlying causes. We work in more than 45 countries and
reach approximately 7 million people annually.
SOURCE: Action Against Hunger (AAH)
For further information:
Camille DePutter, Director of Communications
Action Contre la Faim | Action Against Hunger Canada
Office: 416.644.1016 x 6