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Hunger is a problem that affects everything for the world’s poorest people. It prevents children’s brains from developing fully, causes physical stunting and inhibits their immune systems.  

Access to healthcare

We believe that good health and access to healthcare are fundamental human rights. The overall goal of our health programme is to improve the health of the world’s poorest people and ensure that they have access to foodOur nutrition programmes work to prevent malnutrition and ensure that those who do suffer can gradually recover to full health. 


In tackling hunger, we aim to transform the lives of those living in poverty. In 2012, we improved the health of more than two million people. Our work is guided by a health policy. For the most part, we work on improving health through primary healthcare in emergency, rehabilitation and development situations specifically focusing on the following three areas:

  • Maternal, neonatal and child health
  • Nutrition
  • Water and sanitation

Our aims

We are working towards a world in which no one dies for want of safe and nutritious food. Our work with women and children focuses on proper nourishment during the crucial 1,000 day period from pregnancy to age two. We combine our expertise with local knowledge to help people develop their own lasting solutions.

Tackling the problem

Millions of children die before their fifth birthday because of poor nutrition, inadequate sanitation or lack of access to healthcare. We tackle these problems by: 

  • Teaching parents and health workers how to spot and prevent malnutrition in children under five
  • Training Community Health Workers to provide basic healthcare in their communities
  • Educating women on caring for infants 
  • Running supplementary feeding programmes to treat malnourished mothers and children 
  • Providing people with access to clean water 
  • Educating communities on good hygiene, reducing the spread of disease

Millennium Development Goals

We’re committed to achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals which include affirming the right to good health and providing adequate food for all. We plan to do this by supporting the development of sustainable healthcare systems in the areas where we work. 

Child survival

Our child survival programmes draw on over 14 years of experience of our work in health in Bangladesh, Rwanda, Haiti, Burundi, Niger and Sierra Leone. Read about the impact these programmes are having on the lives of millions of children.

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