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With Syrian refugees making up a quarter of its population, Lebanon now has the highest per capita concentration of refugees in the world. A country already suffering from weak services and infrastructure, Lebanon’s population has increased by around 25% since the start of the Syrian conflict in 2011. As a result public health is deteriorating and living conditions are worsening, severely affecting the lives of both the refugees taking sanctuary, and the host population.

*Hussam, aged 1, and his sister *Hajar, aged 4, who are bold severely malnourished baby and live in a Syrian refugees' tented encampment in Northern Lebanon. Photograph by Mary Turner/Panos Pictures for Concern Worldwide  *name changed for security reason

Take a few minutes to digest this. Twenty-two percent of the world’s children are too short for their age, nearly eight percent are too thin, and around six percent are overweight. Fewer than one in five young children (6-24 months) are eating the basic diet they need for healthy growth.

Halimo Hassan (1 year and 2 months) and mother Khayro Ali Hassan (30) in a remote health centre in Filtu, Somali Region. Halimo is being treated for severe acute malnutrition with the support of International NGO Concern Worldwide. Photo: Jennifer Nolan/

This time last year we launched our Food in a Fragile World appeal; a fundraising initiative focusing on helping families in climate and conflict-affected countries get the food, water and healthcare that they need to survive. One year on, we take a look at the difference your donations – which were doubled by the Department for International Development thanks to the UK aid match scheme – have made to the lives of some of the world’s poorest people living in Burundi.  

Married mum-of-four Clotilde Ndayisenga (25) and her five-year-old daughter Ines, Rugombo, Cibitoke, Burundi

Giving a Concern gift is a great way to help some of the world’s poorest people, and to mix up present-buying for friends and family. But it can be hard to know exactly what the charity gifts themselves do to help. Read on to discover our ‘biggest givers’ and how they – and you – will be helping to save lives this Giving Tuesday.

We’ve all seen the ‘Please wash your hands’ signs in public bathrooms, sometimes they even have fancy soaps and hand creams to indulge in. It’s increasingly rare that’ll you’ll be in a situation where there are no facilities to clean your hands after going to the toilet, even port-a-loos at the muddiest of festivals will usually be fitted with anti-bacterial gel.

25-year-old Rufo Galgallo and her son 18-month-old Nura collect water twice daily from a nearby dam. The mother-of-three receives advice on good hygiene and a regular supply of water purification tablets from a Concern-supported community outreach program

Yesterday, at the Irish Embassy, London, a number of significant voices from the international development community gathered to discuss the root causes and potential solutions of global hunger. There was acknowledgement of the vast humanitarian needs that remain around the world however, the event concluded with hope, optimism and energy on finishing the fight against global hunger once and for all.