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Ebola Crisis: A Family Tale of Tragedy and Perseverance

Since the Ebola outbreak struck West Africa, the health ministries of the three most affected countries—Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea—have strongly discouraged people from participating in funeral rituals, as they involve significant risks associated with the transmission of bodily fluids released from the deceased. Unfortunately, many are finding it difficult to let go of this part of the grieving process, and thus are not heeding the request.

Ebola Leads to Food Shortages in West Africa

The international humanitarian organization Action Against Hunger USA warns the Ebola emergency has left a shortage of manpower for food production and a spike in food costs for the three main countries hit hardest by the Ebola outbreak... Andrea Tamburini, CEO of Action Against Hunger USA, added that the first phase in tackling the problem is to contain the Ebola virus.

ACF Case Study: Guinea Conakry: Project "porridge mums": Combining income generating activities and undernutrition prevention

Since 2008, ACF spain has been overseeing a malnutrition treatment program by supporting five health centers integrated in the Conakry region of Guinea. ACF Spain and its partners have been supporting local intitiatives such as, "Porridge Mums," who produce and sell nutritious food (predominately for children and newborns) by strengthening the capacity of these projects to ensure a sustainable improvement in income and participate, through their action, to malnutrition prevention.

Guinea demands cholera vaccine

"A local volunteer with NGO Action Against Hunger sprays disinfectant at a home where three people were infected with cholera, Dabondy neighbourhood of the Guinean capital Conakry." 

GUINEA: Between baby and breast milk

"Breastfeeding is almost universally practiced in Guinea. The problem, health experts say, is that it is rarely early or exclusive - both recommended for optimal health...Seeing positive experiences of other women and their babies is a powerful motivator for changing feeding practices, according to a study by aid group Action Against Hunger - Spain conducted in Conakry’s Matoto District.

West Africa desperate for cleaner toilets to save slums from cholera

"When aid agencies approached the African Development Bank last year for cholera prevention support in the Central African Republic, the response was: "When you report a cholera case, we'll give you the money." In Guinea, just a few aid agencies – Action Against Hunger and Unicef – work on cholera prevention with the government, while one – Médecins sans Frontièrs – is doing the bulk of the treatment and transmission containment...

WEST AFRICA: Cleaner toilets to save slums from cholera

"Aid agencies are scrambling to treat thousands of cholera patients in Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, where the number of infections is mounting by over 250 per day. Most patients are from the city’s various urban slums, where open defecation is rife, toilets are rare, sewage is improperly disposed of, and awareness of cholera is very low.

Cholera outbreak in Guinea worsens

"An outbreak of cholera in Guinea has killed 60 people since February and is showing no signs of letting up, the country's health ministry said Thursday. Officials have registered 2,054 cases, with the capital Conakry and the south-western city of Forecariah worst affected. Thirteen people have died in Conakry and 23 in Forecariah...UNICEF and Action Against Hunger have donated hygiene kits containing soap and chlorine to purify water."


Guinea – Evading the Cholera Epidemic

With just two cholera cases reported in 2011, Guinea escaped a West and Central Africa-wide cholera epidemic that infected 85,000 people and killed 2,500 in the first ten months of 2011. Luck, as well as targeted prevention efforts on the part of aid agencies and the government, brought this about, specialists told IRIN, but a far deeper overhaul of the water and sanitation system in needed country-wide to diminish the likelihood of such disease outbreaks in the long term.

Strategic Programming for Community Nutrition Interventions

Combining information from Guinea, Malawi and Mali, this Action Against Hunger publication discusses implementation techniques and procedures to improve community workshops. Using experiences and results from those countries, the guide covers everything from context analysis to community participation.


About Action Against Hunger | ACF International

Action Against Hunger is internationally recognized as a leader in the fight against global malnutrition. Action Against Hunger works to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger. With over 30 years of expertise in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity, Action Against Hunger runs life-saving programs in some 40 countries benefiting 5 million people each year.

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