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Hunger Crisis

10,000 children are dying every day from hunger

Right now, millions face severe hunger. Some are on the brink of famine. Decisions have to be made about who can be fed. The hunger crisis is escalating to an unprecedented level not seen this century. We need your urgent help.

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The Global Hunger Crisis

Stephen Omollo, Plan International’s global CEO, has declared a Red Alert crisis for 8 countries we operate in (Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Haiti). That is our highest level of urgent humanitarian response.

The UN has advised that countries who were experiencing crisis levels of food insecurity are rapidly approaching catastrophe. There are 50 million people on the brink of famine.

Conflict, climate shocks such as flooding and drought, and impacts of COVID-19 were already creating significant levels of hunger and food insecurity. Since the war in Ukraine started, things have got worse. 

Children too young to walk are surviving on one meal a day, or even less.

Alam, a young mother in South Sudan, fears her children will never know peace.

Alam, South Sudan
  • I worry a lot that my children have to go to sleep hungry. I worry that the flood water might take our home and even the school, which they may never get to go to if the conflict continues. I no longer hope to return home, that hope is slowly fading away.

More than half of South Sudan’s population is facing crisis levels of food shortages. And relief efforts are critically underfunded. This is where we need you.

Plan International staff are already supporting children and their families as they face emergency food shortages in the Horn of Africa. But without help, they can only do so much.

By giving an urgent gift today, you can help provide life-saving food, emergency cash transfers and child protection to children and families enduring hunger?

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Map showing the hungriest places on Earth as of 31 March 2022. Niger: 1.7 million people are food insecure, 45% of children between 6 months and 4 years old are Malnourished. Lebanon: 25% of the population is made up of refugees, 22% of households are food insecure. 
Bangladesh: 11 million people are suffering from acute hunger, 40 million people are food insecure. Mali:
An average of 3.6 million people experience food insecurity annually, Stunting affects over 30% of children under 5.
South Sudan: 1.4 million children suffer from acute malnutrition, Nearly 2.5 million people risk famine if they don’t receive aid. Guatemala: 46.5% of children under 5 are stunted, 2/3 of the population lives on less than US$2 a day. Sierra Leone: 4.7 million people are food insecure, 
66% of Sierra Leoneans cannot meet their basic food needs. Burkina Faso: More than 2.5 million are displaced to date, in the central Sahel region of West Africa, 3.3 million are suffering from extreme hunger. Somalia: 5.6 million people are food insecure, An estimated 300,000 children under 5 are malnourished. Mozambique: Over 42% of children under 5 are stunted, 80% of people cannot afford an adequate diet. Zambia: More than 1/3 of children under 5 are stunted, 48% of the population are unable to meet their basic calorie needs.
Map showing the hungriest places on Earth as of 31 March 2022. Source: World Food Program (WFP)

Helps us respond to the Global Hunger Crisis

Our research

In August 2022, we published Running on Empty, a report that highlights the staggering and disproportionate impact of the global hunger crisis on the world’s most vulnerable groups.

The report reveals soaring rates of child marriage, heightened food insecurity among disabled communities and shocking statistics on the amount of children facing malnutrition, stunting and death.

View the interactive report

Download the full report

 

How we’re responding

Thanks to your support, in places like South Sudan we’ve mobilised our efforts to ensure those most at risk are supported:

  • our targeted feeding program has supported 21,545 children under the age of 5 and 12,074 pregnant and lactating women
  • school meals have been distributed to 73,806 children across 51 schools
  • 135,219 people have received general food rations.

In Somaliland and Somalia, together with our local partner TAAKULO, we’ve reached 44,250 people with emergency assistance, including emergency water trucking and cash assistance so families can purchase food and water and access critical services such as health and education.

The scale and severity of this crisis is growing and our response is ongoing. You can help by making a donation.

 

Other ways you can help

Join the call for urgent action from the Australian Government. Write to your local MP.

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