F r o m t h e P r e s i d e n t F r o m t h e E x e c u t i v e D i r e c t o r
Action Against Hunger USA, headquartered in New York, is a key member of the Action Against Hunger International Network.In 2004, Action Against Hunger helped save and improve the lives of 5 million people suffering from, or threatenedby, starvation around the world. At the heart of this effort are Action Against Hunger's 4400 dedicated nationaland expatriate staff around the world, working to create a world without hunger. The people who make up Action AgainstHunger come from 65 countries, including every country in which we work.Working on the frontlines, Action Against Hunger's more than 4000 national staff in our 44 country programs make upthe core of the organization. They are nurses who stay up all night in Therapeutic Feeding Centers to feed malnourishedchildren every two hours, engineers who dig wells to provide clean water to villages, drivers who transport staff and suppliesto field offices, and security guards and radio operators who make sure our programs and staff are safe, to name just a fewof the crucial roles they play.Backing up the national staff are more than 400 expatriate staff—most from North America and Europe, but also frommany developing countries. Our expatriates are experienced managers and technical experts in Action Against Hunger'sprogram areas—nutrition, water and sanitation, food security, and health. Some started with Action Against Hungeras national staff. They usually sign on for one-year contracts, but many renew over and over, spending years in the field.Finally, the staff in our five headquarters—New York, Paris, London, Madrid, and Montréal—are theadministrative backbone of the Action Against Hunger International Network. These people—several of whom have spentmany years in the field themselves and who go to the field frequently—guide the field-based programs, oversee the finances,liaise with public and private donors, recruit and manage expatriate staff, and provide a public face for Action Against Hunger.Every staff member at Action Against Hunger plays a unique and crucial role in our ongoing mission to eradicate hungerand poverty around the world. Without their tireless efforts and dedication in the face of relentless suffering and poorworking conditions, we would not exist.
Action Against Hunger USA
A World Without Hunger
Action Against Hunger's vision is a world without hunger. We work toward this goal in two general ways: First, we intervene incrisis situations to treat children and their families suffering from acute malnutrition—saving the lives of people who areliterally dying of starvation. Second, and equally important, we work with communities to ensure that people havesustainable, long-term sources of food and water, so that future emergency interventions will not be needed.The best example of our emergency relief work is our network of feeding centers. Across Africa, Asia, and Latin America,the staff of Action Against Hunger's Therapeutic Feeding Centers (TFCs) nurse severely malnourished children back to health,adhering to strict protocols developed over the years. Administering F100, the high-energy milk formula pioneered by ActionAgainst Hunger, and other treatments, we have reduced mortality from malnutrition from as high as 25 percent to as low as5 percent. Furthermore, by treating moderately malnourished children in Supplementary Feeding Centers before they reachthis potentially deadly state, and by going door to door to find children suffering from malnutrition, we reduce needlesssuffering.Longer-term strategies are typified by our food security programs. In most cases, hunger is the product of wars, naturaldisasters, or other crises that render people unable to depend on their traditional sources of income and food. Action AgainstHunger helps people get back on their feet by providing fishing equipment or seeds and tools to start (or restart) farming.In addition to these physical requirements, we also provide training in agriculture, fishing, food conservation, nutrition,and basic business management to ensure that the beneficiaries will be able to use the tools to guarantee a consistent,reliable source of food and income.Another key aspect of Action Against Hunger's philosophy and our success is our commitment to constant innovation.In 2004, for example, we tested a new home-treatment protocol, providing PlumpyNut, a solid substitute for F100,to malnourished children, enabling them to go home after only one week in a TFC, instead of the normal 30 days.We are also studying the ways in which HIV/AIDS and malnutrition interact to ensure that we are providing the mosteffective treatment to people who are both malnourished and living with HIV/AIDS.This commitment to intervening to save the lives of the most vulnerable and working with communities to develop long-termsolutions to hunger, relying on both dedication and scientific ingenuity, is what enables Action Against Hunger to help savethe lives and restore the dignity of more than 5 million people every year.
Burton K. Haimes
President, Action Against Hunger USA