Action Against Hunger Providing Nutrition to Severely Malnourished
TORONTO, Feb. 19, 2014 /CNW/ - In Central African Republic, the food
crisis is growing in severity. Action Against Hunger (Action contre la
Faim / ACF) is providing treatment for severe acute malnutrition among
the most vulnerable.
According to the UN, 90 per cent of people in Central African Republic
are only eating once a day. A UN assessment determined that 96 per cent
of farmers have no access to seeds, while the beginning of the main
planting season is less than a month away. With a failed harvest, the
existing crisis would worsen and last throughout the coming year.
In Bangui, many large traders and herders have been chased from the
country, raising fears of a market collapse that would exacerbate the
current food crisis. The food trade in Bangui depends on wholesalers
who import food from other countries. Now, fewer than 10 of the
wholesalers remain in country; more are planning on leaving.
Meanwhile, the cost of staple foods such as manioc (cassava) and
groundnut has drastically increased. Meat is scarce in much of the
capital because cattle herders have fled into the bush; where
available, meat is now twice as expensive as it was.
Action Against Hunger is providing nutritional services such as the
distribution of Plumpy Nut - a high protein therapeutic food which
requires to water or refrigeration. (See an animated video about Plumpy
Nut here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHgyaYhD4z4).
Action Against Hunger activities are run either in functional health
centres in Bangui or through mobile teams in displacement sites. More
than 750 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition are
currently in charge within the ACF programmes in Central African
"Nutrition is the underpinning of good health, successful livelihoods,
and economic resiliency. Attention must be paid to the growing hunger
in Central African Republic to prevent the crisis from taking root and
causing even more long-term damage," said Susanne Courtney, Executive
Director, Action Against Hunger Canada.
Added Courtney: "Simply put, severe acute malnutrition steals lives. It
is unacceptable that children who survive the violence of civil war
risk death from hunger. For those who survive it, malnutrition can
seriously impair a child's physical and cognitive development. It can
be a huge impediment to a country's long-term resiliency. Action
Against Hunger gratefully encourages Canadians to work with us by
providing donations for our Central African Republic program."
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.
Image with caption: "Action Against Hunger provides ready-to-eat therapeutic foods to malnourished children in Central African Republic (Credit: Lucile Grosjean / ACF International) (CNW Group/Action Against Hunger (AAH))". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140219_C5328_PHOTO_EN_36852.jpg
Image with caption: "An Action Against Hunger staff member measures children for malnourishment at a mobile nutrition site in Bangui, Central African Republic (Credit: Lucile Grosjean / ACF International) (CNW Group/Action Against Hunger (AAH))". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140219_C5328_PHOTO_EN_36853.jpg
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 205
Local ACF contacts in Central African Republic available upon request.