Nya Goa, 33 months, has her MUAC measured by Nya Guon Chuol Riek, a Community Outreach Mobilizer, at Old Nuer nutrition site in Pugnido, Gambella, Ethiopia. Photo: Kieran McConville / Concern WorldwideNya Goa, 33 months, has her MUAC measured by Nya Guon Chuol Riek, a Community Outreach Mobilizer, at Old Nuer nutrition site in Pugnido, Gambella, Ethiopia. Photo: Kieran McConville / Concern WorldwideNya Goa, 33 months, has her MUAC measured by Nya Guon Chuol Riek, a Community Outreach Mobilizer, at Old Nuer nutrition site in Pugnido, Gambella, Ethiopia. Photo: Kieran McConville / Concern Worldwide

Covid-19 hunger crisis appeal

Lives are on the line, right now. Please help us tackle the Covid-19 hunger crisis and save children’s lives.

£20

could buy three weeks’ of emergency therapeutic food for a malnourished child

£42

could buy three weeks’ worth of food for a family of five

£86

could buy a child a month’s worth of therapeutic food and a month’s worth of food for their family.

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Families around the world are on the brink of a hunger crisis due to the impact of Covid-19.

Covid-19 has had a colossal impact on worldwide hunger. Increased food prices, loss of jobs and lack of access to nutritious food now means that millions of people do not have enough to eat. Experts predict that we’re on the brink of the worst hunger crisis in 50 years, which could potentially claim the lives of an additional 10,000 children a month due to increased malnutrition rates.

We can’t allow this to happen.

Will you help us tackle the Covid-19 hunger crisis and save children’s lives?

Your support could help provide therapeutic food for malnourished children, food vouchers to feed a family, or give people the means to set up their own garden so they can access nutritious food during this hunger crisis.

If we don’t act now, there is the potential that more people will die from hunger due to the pandemic than the disease itself. Will you help save lives?

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Meet Abuk

In South Sudan, millions of children are suffering from malnutrition due to conflict, food insecurity, disease, and now, the Covid-19 pandemic.

18-month-old Abuk had a fever, diarrhoea, and was underweight. Our Concern-supported health facility diagnosed her as malnourished and treated her straight away. This is the first of Arek's family to receive such treatment but due to Covid-19, life has become increasingly more difficult. Photo: Dominic Deng / Concern Worldwide / South Sudan
18-month-old Abuk had a fever, diarrhoea, and was underweight. Our Concern-supported health facility diagnosed her as malnourished and treated her straight away. This is the first of Arek's family to receive such treatment but due to Covid-19, life has become increasingly more difficult. Photo: Dominic Deng / Concern Worldwide / South Sudan

Abuk is 18 months old and is looked after by her 65-year-old grandmother, Arek. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, Abuk’s grandmother collected firewood to sell at local markets, using the income to feed Abuk and the rest of the family. She also worked on farms for some extra money. However, Covid-19 caused this work to dry up. This meant that Arek no longer had the means to feed Abuk or her family. And, with rapidly rising food prices, this was devastating. Forced to feed on wild fruits and beg from family members, life suddenly became very hard.

Already struggling, things worsened when Abuk developed a fever and diarrhoea in June this year. She began losing weight and was taken to a nearby health facility. There, Abuk was diagnosed as malnourished and immediately admitted to one of our therapeutic feeding programmes.

It was the first time that any child in Arek’s family had been diagnosed as malnourished.

Thanks to Concern programmes like these, Abuk is now improving. However, there are still worries and uncertainties that lie ahead for Arek and her family as the Covid-19 situation remains unpredictable. That’s why now, more than ever, we need your support.

Providing these services to malnourished children is a lifeline, particularly during a pandemic that is exacerbating hunger.

Can you help us tackle the Covid-19 hunger crisis and save children’s lives?

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  • In early September in West Kodofan, Sudan, we screened 2,687 children for malnutrition and admitted 340 onto feeding programmes to help them recover and regain their strength.
  • In Northern Bahr el Ghazal, South Sudan, we reached 3,277 people with food distributions so that they had enough to eat.
  • We’re aiming to provide 8,000 households in Oicha, the Democratic republic of Congo with cash transfers to help them see through this crisis and buy the food they need.
Leaving the Old Nuer nutrition site in Pugnido refugee camp, Gambella, Ethiopia, after a blanket supplementary food distribution by Concern. Photo: Kieran McConville / Concern Worldwide
Leaving the Old Nuer nutrition site in Pugnido refugee camp, Gambella, Ethiopia, after a blanket supplementary food distribution by Concern. Photo: Kieran McConville / Concern Worldwide
Uzair*, Rohingya Volunteer, helping Concern Worldwide on a double distribution of supplementary food to Rina* to ensure her family have enough to survive. *Name changed to protect the individual’s identity. Photo: AKM Jakaria
Uzair*, Rohingya Volunteer, helping Concern Worldwide on a double distribution of supplementary food to Rina* to ensure her family have enough to survive. *Name changed to protect the individual’s identity. Photo: AKM Jakaria
 “Seeing news updates definitely worries me, but I am a humanitarian worker, I cannot turn my back from this. It is my regular duty to work for the Rohingya community and help to prevent their children’s suffering from malnutrition.” – Atiqul Islam, Nurse for Concern Worldwide. Photo: Poresh Chandra Ray
“Seeing news updates definitely worries me, but I am a humanitarian worker, I cannot turn my back from this. It is my regular duty to work for the Rohingya community and help to prevent their children’s suffering from malnutrition.” – Atiqul Islam, Nurse for Concern Worldwide. Photo: Poresh Chandra Ray
For children who are malnourished right now, therapeutic food is the best way to get  them the calories and nutrients they need to recover from malnutrition  and build their strength. Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith / Concern Worldwide
For children who are malnourished right now, therapeutic food is the best way to get them the calories and nutrients they need to recover from malnutrition and build their strength. Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith / Concern Worldwide

Help families survive the Covid-19 hunger crisis

  • Covid-19 has had a colossal impact on worldwide hunger. Millions of people do not have enough to eat.

  • Experts predict that we’re on the brink of the worst hunger crisis in 50 years. This could claim the lives of an additional 10,000 children a month.

  • Send a gift today and help provide emergency therapeutic food for malnourished children.

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