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ACF International NetworkAction Against Hunger / Action Contre la Faim (ACF) was founded in France in 1979 among the so-called “second generation” humanitarian organizations— those agencies whose identities were forged in response to the perceived limits of traditional humanitarianism. Seeking a less deferential role for humanitarian actors, these organizations sought a brand of humanitarian politics that could influence political actors and outcomes, not just mitigate atrocities on the ground. The resulting organizational shift revolutionized how humanitarian professionals responded to international crises and interacted with key actors, institutions, and agencies. Action Against Hunger’s founding took this evolution even further. While hunger had been addressed in general campaigns against poverty and poor public health, Action Against Hunger was established specifically to combat hunger worldwide, leading the way in defining the terrain, developing appropriate strategies, conducting vital field research, and delivering life-saving programs.
A Common Network, An Uncommon ApproachNamed for the original member of the International Network, Action contre la Faim, or ACF, the ACF International Network shares an overall vision of a world without hunger, collaborating closely and sharing human resources, logistics, and technical capacity. As a non-governmental, non-profit, non-religious organization, our International Network is committed to principled humanitarian action as outlined in our International Charter of Principles: Independence, Neutrality, Non-Discrimination, Free and Direct Access to Victims, Professionalism, and Transparency. Today there are five organizations that make up The ACF International Network (ACF-IN), with headquarters in France (ACF-France), Spain (ACF-Spain), the United Kingdom (ACF-UK), the United States (ACF-USA), and Canada (ACF-Canada). Recognized as a world leader in the fight against hunger, the ACF International Network has pursued its vision of a world without hunger for nearly three decades, combating hunger in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity. Our 6,000 field staff—seasoned professionals and technical experts in the fields of water and sanitation, food security, public health, and nutrition—work in over 40 countries to restore dignity, self-sufficiency, and independence to vulnerable populations around the world. Action Against Hunger / Action Contre la Faim (ACF) is an international network committed to saving the lives of malnourished children and their families while ensuring access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger. Action Against Hunger has pursued its vision of a world without hunger for nearly three decades, combating hunger in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity. As part of the ACF International Network, our 6,000 staff work in over 40 countries carrying out innovative, life-saving programs in nutrition, food security, water and sanitation, public health, and advocacy. Our programs reach some 5 million people each year, restoring dignity, self-sufficiency, and independence to vulnerable populations throughout the world.
NutritionAction Against Hunger’s nutrition programs treat and prevent acute malnutrition in those most vulnerable, including young children and women who are pregnant or nursing. The programs are launched most often during times of crisis—when an earthquake devastates a city, when civil war tears apart a country, when drought leads to famine, when families flee violence only to confront hunger . The contexts for our programs 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 peoples. Based on the unique demands of each situation, its context, and the local culture, Action Against Hunger designs a nutrition program that will best meet the needs of the target population. The core components of this program include an evaluation of the community’s nutritional needs, the treatment and prevention of malnutrition, and technical training for the 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 programs into existing public health structures to ensure the future nutritional well-being of the community.
Evaluation of Nutritional NeedsUnderstanding the root causes of a specific outbreak of malnutrition is essential to the design and implementation of an effective program. Action Against Hunger draws on the full range of its technical expertise—in nutrition, food security, water and sanitation, and health—to conduct an analysis of the situation. In addition to baseline data on core nutritional indicators, the assessment includes information on the culture, its infrastructure, and the local geography. The resulting evaluation helps to determine the number and placement of feeding centers required for an effective response to the crisis.
Treatment & Prevention of Acute MalnutritionDrawing on more than a quarter century of experience, Action Against Hunger has developed an effective method to treat acute malnutrition that includes field-tested protocols and nutritional products backed by an international scientific advisory board. Therapeutic Feeding Centers provide round-theclock care for those most severely affected by acute malnutrition—infants, young children, pregnant women, and nursing mothers. Without proper treatment, these women and children would face imminent death. With treatment, the vast majority return to their families after 30 days. To prevent a relapse in those recently discharged from Therapeutic Feeding Centers, and to assist those who suffer from acute malnutrition but require less intensive care, Supplementary Feeding Centers provide treatment on a weekly basis. Our staff carefully monitor the nutritional health of their beneficiaries, and dispense therapeutically formulated food that can be consumed without special preparation and easily transported to remote locations. Often mobile, these centers also help those who cannot reach the network of Therapeutic Feeding Centers. In addition to the medical and nutritional care, Action Against Hunger organizes activities at both types of feeding centers to encourage social interaction, strengthen family cohesion, and educate caregivers on hygiene and nutrition.
Technical Training & Support for Local StaffEven at the outbreak of a crisis, when all efforts are focused on providing treatment and saving lives, we’re already helping to strengthen and rebuild the health infrastructure. We do this from the outset by fielding a team that overwhelming consists of local staff members. As soon as the situation stabilizes, we begin to adapt our programs so they can integrate into a country’s existing public health system. When the crisis subsides and Action Against Hunger can eventually depart, the local staff remain to continue working on behalf of their community’s nutritional health
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