For families already facing extreme poverty, coronavirus is a crisis on top of a crisis. Hunger could become more deadly than the disease itself.
Over one billion people could be left without enough food due to the pandemic and global recession. Mothers like Sameera* and their babies shouldn't have to live with hunger and the damage it does. We urgently need your help to deliver vital life-saving food to families like Sameera and Halima's*.
How money is spent
Right now, we are working in 23 of the world’s poorest countries, tackling hunger and helping babies to recover from malnutrition. We were here long before coronavirus and we’ll stay put as long as families need us, no matter how tough it gets.
We work with communities to help families stay out of poverty. One way of breaking the cycle of poverty is ensuring children can reach their full potential, which starts with ensuring babies get a healthy start. The first two years of a baby’s life are critical for their development. If babies don’t have the proper food and care during this time, the effects can be devastating. Together we can make sure babies receive the right building blocks for a happy and healthy life.
What are the long term effects of hunger?
Hunger prevents communities from escaping poverty. The long-term effects of hunger go beyond health. Poor nutrition leads to poor performance in school and fewer opportunities. Children’s brains will not fully develop and their bodies will be stunted. This has a devastating long-term effect on families, communities and countries.
That’s why we’re working to give babies the building blocks to a healthy and happy life, but we need your help to get babies through to two.
How are Concern helping to tackle hunger?
We have been working to end extreme poverty for over 50 years and are specialists in tackling hunger, delivering life-saving and life-changing interventions to some of the world's poorest and most vulnerable people.
Concern uses the CMAM approach (community management of acute malnutrition) to address hunger and malnutrition. The central principle of this approach is to proactively seek out and treat children before they reach dangerous levels of malnutrition. As a result, we reach more children and save more lives.
*names have been changed to protect the identity of individuals
Our impact in 2019
extremely vulnerable people supported in 82 emergencies
people reached through our health interventions
people reached, in 24 of the world's poorest countries