Right now, a deadly illness is spreading across the globe and devastating young lives. Over 276 million people across 81 countries are in its path. Their lives and livelihoods are in critical danger. But this is not a new virus or the next pandemic. This is a much more familiar, yet much more deadly threat. Hunger. There is no food, no water, no time to wait.
Conflict, displacement, climate shocks, and rising food prices are driving a global hunger crisis, threatening millions of children’s lives.
Malnutrition caused by extreme hunger remains one of the biggest killers of young children around the world today. Yet, it is entirely preventable.
We don’t need to spend billions on researching a cure, we know how to treat malnutrition and we know how to prevent it. All we need is a unified global response to stop this hunger crisis in its tracks. If we act now, we could protect thousands of lives that are on the line.
Save the Children is working across the globe to support families with food, cash, and supplies so children don’t go hungry.
Over 23 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are facing crisis levels of hunger. Nala* is a mother of five children, including one-year-old Ahmed*. They all live with Nala’s brother in a camp for displaced people in Puntland, Somalia.
Droughts intensified, impacting the local job market. As a result, the family's income reduced and Nala has been forced to reduce the number of meals they eat in a day. They can no longer afford to buy clean drinking water. Ahmed became sick and malnourished.
Nala took Ahmed to a Save the Children supported stabilisation centre, where he was diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition and is receiving treatment. He is making a steady recovery and has started to smile, laugh, and play again, much to Nala’s relief.
Nala told us: “When I first brought him here he was unable to move around. But now he’s had the milk and the peanut paste he’s able to talk to me and play. Apart from the medicine and milk they’ve giving Ahmed, they’re also providing me with three meals a day so I can concentrate on looking after my son. I want to see my children grow and live a better life in the future. That’s my hope for my children.”
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Once a famine is declared, it will be too late. We urgently need your donations to avert the hunger crisis from worsening. We must prevent more countries from falling deeper into disaster. The time to act is now.
Save the Children is ramping up our work to protect children and communities against looming disaster. We are working around the clock to ensure children have access to nutritious food. We are providing livelihood support to families so they can be better prepared for the shocks of COVID-19, conflict, and the climate crisis. We will expand primary and emergency health services, and work to get children back to school as soon as possible. Read our latest report on 'Dangerous Delay 2: The Cost of Inaction'.