Child Starvation in Africa

In many African countries facing a Code Red Crisis, hunger is a constant, chronic pain gnawing away at hungry children. We must put an end to starvation in Africa and we can’t do it without you. Right now, children are living on the brink of famine and millions of girls and boys need emergency food assistance to survive. Save the Children has many proven ways to help stop hunger in Africa and beyond.

Stop Hunger in Africa

Thanks to generous people like you, Save the Children is already working in countries hard hit by food shortages – providing nutritious food and helping families get the hunger relief they need to get back on their feet. We’re also running emergency health clinics that provide lifesaving care for children suffering from deadly, severe acute malnutrition, and the diseases that ravage little ones weakened by hunger. See how your giving helps save lives.


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Solving Hunger, Famine and and Malnutrition in Africa

Ways to Help African Children in Need

  • Fight acute malnutrition in specialized treatment centers that bring children back from the brink of starving to death.
  • Prevent acute malnutrition through large scale emergency feeding programs when there is a lack of food in Africa.
  • Provide sustenance to millions of children in the grips of famines and hunger crises.
  • Prevent and overcome chronic malnutrition through breastfeeding support programs.
  • Help parents feed their children through farming and small business investments.

No Child Should be Hungry in Africa

Don’t let all the potential of Africa’s girls and boys go to waste. Just because they were born into hunger and poverty, doesn’t mean they can’t have a bright future. Together, we can empower African families to fight hunger and end poverty for this generation and beyond. When you donate money to Africa programs that fight hunger, you support our lifesaving work. Thank you for your generous support.

African Countries Facing Code Red Hunger Crisis

Save the Children is working around the clock, doing whatever it takes to reach every last child affected by hunger. Our priority is to reach children under age 5, who are at greatest risk of death due to severe malnutrition and are more susceptible to diseases such as measles, malaria and cholera.

This 18-months-old girl was referred to the Save the Children stabilisation centre in South Sudan by health workers, as she was vomiting and suffering from diarrhoea. This is her second admission into the centre. She previously stayed in the centre for a month - longer than normal due to complications she had. Photo Credit: Magda Rakita/Save the Children 2015.

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Our teams are working hard screening tens of thousands of children for malnutrition, running feeding programs and treating malnourished children in specialized health centers.

A six months old, is treated at Save the Children’s stabilization center in a Hospital. Dr. Jamac Mohammed Ahmed is treating the infant, where Save the Children has established and maintains a stabilization center for severely malnourished children. Photo Credit: Colin Crowley/Save the Children 2016.

We are providing some of the hardest-hit communities at risk of starvation with food, clean water, health and nutrition services and vouchers for families to purchase vital supplies.

A baby boy stands at the border between South Sudan and Uganda. His mother had been travelling with her older sister and younger brother. They walked for 4 days, only resting 2 hours a day. They left South Sudan because o the brutal conflict and also because school have been closed for a very long time. Photo Credit: Guilhem Alandry/Save the Children 2017.

Our rapid response health teams are already in Uganda, where we provide health care to exhausted and weakened refugees arriving from South Sudan daily.

An 18 month-old child hungrily eats therapeutic food from a pouch as tears stream down his face. This young child is being treated for malnutrition in his village in Kenya. Photo credit: Allan Gichigi/Save the Children, July 2016.

We are screening children for malnutrition, and to date have reached over 19,000 children under age 5 and over 10,000 pregnant women.

This two-year-old Ethiopian child is being treated for severe acute malnutrition in Ethiopia. He started getting sick two months back, but his health is getting worse. Photo Credit: Stuart J. Sia/Save the Children 2016.

With many families affected by the drought, we have deployed mobile health teams to treat children suffering malnutrition. We have also rolled out measures to enroll pregnant women in supplementary feeding programs.


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