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Aceh redux: Aceh at 10 – A look back at the response

A decade after the Indian Ocean tsunami devastated Aceh, the isolated tip of Indonesia’s Sumatra Island on the morning of 24 December 2004, IRIN looks at the unprecedented aid response, its impact on the industry, and how local people continue to be affected ... “Cash transfers in emergency response were relatively new, especially at that scale, during the tsunami response,” explained Singhal.

Climate change: Afghans on the front line

In northern Afghanistan, the residents don’t often use the phrase… but as they describe how increasingly extreme weather patterns are making their lives harder every year, they map out many of the symptoms of climate change.

Open defecation raises risk in typhoon-hit areas

"Health officials and aid workers have expressed concern over increased levels of open defecation and a higher risk of disease in typhoon-affected areas of the Philippines, where water and sewage systems were destroyed and access to sanitation facilities is often difficult...Action Against Hunger (ACF), an international NGO, is piloting a project that will temporarily address the lack of latrines with Peepoo bags, a personal single-use toilet in the form of a bag that is easy to carry.

Maternal healthcare struggles for survival after Typhoon Haiyan

"Based on the latest government emergency report, some four million people were displaced when the super typhoon hammered into the Philippines on 8 November 2013, ravaging nine regions in the central islands. Close to 100,000 displaced people are living in evacuation centres, while the rest are living in makeshift homes or staying with host families. 'The biggest challenge is really the continuation of maternal healthcare services.

Keeping malnutrition on radar after Typhoon Haiyan

"Nearly one month after Typhoon Haiyanswept through the Philippines, displacing more than four million people, health experts are trying to lower the rising risk of malnutrition among 1.5 million children under five, and help hundreds of thousands of women continue breastfeeding...up to half of the medical personnel working in the affected regions were personally affected by the typhoon.

Chin State’s food insecurity has many causes

"Food insecurity - a chronic and cyclical problem in these parts - affects all nine townships of Chin State - one of the poorest areas in Myanmar - where 73 percent of the estimated 500,000 population live below the poverty line, according to government estimates...Southern parts of the state have not been spared, especially Kanpetlet and Paletwa townships. 'Food security in Paletwa is slowly improving but assistance is still needed [for residents] to fully recover [from rat infestation],' said Isabelle Roubeix, the country director of NGO [Action Against Hunger]."

Analysis: How Bangladesh aid restrictions impact Rohingyas

Assistance for the Rohingya has been precarious for some time. In July 2012 the Bangladesh government ordered three prominent international NGOs - MSF, Action Contre la Faim (ACF), and Muslim Aid - to cease aid to the Rohingyas in and around Cox's Bazaar, sparking renewed concern about the deteriorating situation, including increased levels of malnutrition and an environment rife with abuse and impunity.

Analysis: What’s happening with aid to Bangladesh?

"[Bangladesh] decreased the rates of under-nutrition among children under-five from 66 percent in 1990 to 41 percent two decades later. In 2011 the Paris-based NGO, Action Against Hunger (ACF), singled out Bangladesh as a 'success' story for this achievement. Yet without a national authority coordinating nutrition activities, monitoring of NGO nutrition work is 'largely non-existent', said ACF."

BANGLADESH: Under-nutrition progress "success story"

"NGO Action Against Hunger (ACF) in a recent report singled out Bangladesh - along with Peru, Brazil, Malawi and Mozambique - as a “success story” in its bid to reduce child under-nutrition in the past 15 years."

MYANMAR: Food worries for cyclone survivors

"Laurent Campigotto, head of mission of Action Contre La Faim (ACF) in Yangon, said that depending on the capacities of agencies, the amount of food assistance could be different from one place to another."


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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