Child Hunger Crisis and Famine Relief Fund

Vulnerable children – their lives at risk – are in urgent need of food and water.

Conflict and the worst drought in 70 years has left 20 million people in Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen and northeast Nigeria in urgent need of food and water. Millions more in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Niger are also suffering and need help urgently.

The threat is unprecedented – right now, 20 million people are at risk of famine, and if no action is taken, an additional 10 million will face the same threat. Save the Children is on the ground providing emergency assistance – lifesaving food, water and medical care – to children and families who desperately need our help. But we can’t do it alone.

The time to act is now. We need your generous gift to combat hunger in Africa and Yemen and prevent more famine in Africa. Your 100% tax-deductible gift can help save those most vulnerable in this crisis: children.

If we don’t act now, the unthinkable will happen – many children will die.

Disease, starvation and war are causing a perfect storm of disaster for Yemen’s people. The region’s poorest country is on the verge of total collapse, and children are dying because they’re not able to access basic health care.” – Grant Pritchard, Save the Children’s Yemen Country Director

Child Hunger Crises Around the World

Save the Children is on the ground now, providing lifesaving support to children and families in response to this devastating food crisis. Our priority is to reach children under age 5, who are less able to withstand malnutrition and are more susceptible to disease.

Our teams are screening children for malnutrition, running feeding programs and treating malnourished children in specialized health centers. We’re also providing clean water, addressing sanitation and hygiene to prevent diseases from spreading and providing support to families who’ve lost everything.

See our latest fact sheet for more information.

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

South Sudan Hunger Crisis
The crisis in South Sudan is especially dire, as roughly half the population is without enough food. Some 1.7 million people are facing emergency levels of hunger, which is one step away from famine. Our teams are on the front lines of the relief effort, leading health and nutrition programs, providing treatment and supplies – and saving lives. Learn more.

A six month 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.

Somalia Hunger Crisis
Parts of Somalia are also on the brink of famine, with a significant increase in severe malnutrition cases among children. We’re trucking in water and delivering food, running nutrition programs, training doctors and nurses, and supporting vulnerable families. Learn more.

Babies and children in Hodeida, in the north west of Yemen, are suffering from malnutrition and disease. It is the poorest part of Yemen and is therefore suffering some of the worst malnutrition in the country. Save the Children is supporting a number of fixed facilities and Mobile Medical Teams which reach remote parts of Hodeida. Save the Children also provides therapeutic food, healthcare and support to mothers such as nutrition advice. Photo Credit: Save the Children 2016.

Yemen Hunger Crisis
As the country risks slipping into famine, some 4.5 million children and mothers are in urgent need of nutrition services. Meanwhile, a deadly cholera outbreak is sweeping Yemen – we estimate 1 child contracts cholera every minute. We’re distributing food and running health clinics, as well as preventing and treating cholera. Learn more.

This two-year-old baby girl is weighed during a visit to the outpatient therapeutic nutrition site at Maiduguri, Nigeria. Photo Credit: Save the Children 2016.

Nigeria Hunger Crisis
Right now, 1.9 million people require urgent humanitarian assistance, as conflict and displacement has left countless families without food or basic necessities. We’re distributing food to vulnerable families, running feeding and treatment centers, in addition to providing psychosocial support. Learn more.

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.

Uganda Hunger Crisis
Uganda is now hosting more refugees than any nation in Africa, with over 1 million refugees, including children who’ve walked for days without food, water or rest. We’re at work in refugee sites, as well as in remote areas where health needs are highest and lives are on the line. Learn more.

This is two-year-old boy 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.

Ethiopia Hunger Crisis
When the spring rains never came, Ethiopia saw a spike in the number of households without enough food, with millions of people now affected. To make matters worse, the country is also experiencing a worm infestation that consumes crops. We’re helping children and families survive and recover with emergency health, nutrition, protection and livelihoods programs.  Learn more.

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 Turkana County Kenya. Community health worker Cecilia Akai gives him a MUAC test and ready to use high-nutrient peanut paste. Save the Children is supporting the Ministry of Health to effectively deliver and manage High Impact Nutrition Interventions (HINI) to mothers and children in Turkana County. Photo credit: Allan Gichigi/Save the Children, July 2016.

Kenya Hunger Crisis
The spring rains failed, and the drought is extreme. Families who depend on livestock for their livelihoods are migrating in desperate search of food and water. Our teams are trucking in water, screening and treating children for malnutrition and training health workers to save lives. Learn more.

An infant of 9 months, with her mother Alima, eats high nutrient peanut paste as a distribution at the Guidanaoutchi Clinic, Niger. Photo Credit: Save the Children 2017.

Niger Hunger Crisis
Niger is suffering a multi-faceted crisis. Food insecurity, malnutrition, disease, flooding and displacement are the main causes. Many families are unable to provide for their children’s basic needs. We’re on the ground, working around the clock to alleviate suffering. Learn more.

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Save the Children is the world's leading child-focused humanitarian organization. We have nearly 100 years' experience responding to children and their families during and after crisis. We are exceptional among aid agencies because we provide comprehensive emergency preparedness, relief and recovery programs that are specifically designed to meet the unique needs of children and their families.

$10 is the hourly cost of renting an ambulance for referral to a hospital to take people in need of greater medical assistance from their community to the health center
$40 could buy a box of highly nutritious peanut paste to treat 1 child with severe acute malnutrition for 10 weeks
$100 could cover all the costs of 1 child with severe acute malnutrition, including costs such as route medication, transportation, and cost of staff
$210 could pay for a household to feed and protect livestock, which will ensure continued access to food and income for the household after the emergency

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