Nutrition, Health, Water & Hygiene

Access to food security, adequate health care, water, sanitation and hygiene are fundamental pillars for a dignified life.

The programs developed by FXB promote access to these basic human rights and strengthen the development capacities of the communities in which we work.

Context

One in nine people in the world are undernourished, and food insecurity also leads to stunted growth in millions of children. A profound change in the global food and agriculture system is needed if we are to feed the 815 million people who suffer from hunger today and the additional 2 billion people who will be undernourished by 2050. Investment in agriculture is crucial to increase agricultural productivity capacities, and sustainable food production systems are needed to help reduce the problem of hunger.

3 out of 10 people do not have access to safely managed drinking water services and 6 out of 10 people do not have access to safely managed sanitation facilities. At least 892 million people continue to practise open defecation.

More than five million children die before their fifth birthday every year. Many regions currently face serious health risks, including high maternal and neonatal mortality rates, the spread of infectious and non-communicable diseases and poor reproductive health.

38 million people worldwide are living with HIV/AIDS.

FXB in action

“We will not be able to defeat any of the infectious diseases that afflict developing countries until we win the battle for clean water, sanitation and basic health care.” Kofi Annan

Whether through our FXBVillage programs or through other dedicated programs, our goal is to reduce inequalities and promote access to basic human rights such as food security, health, water, sanitation and hygiene. These actions also strengthen the development capacities of the communities in which we operate.

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Our ongoing programs

The cultivation of vegetable gardens for self-consumption and the improvement of infrastructures is part of our work. In order to ensure a sustainable impact, it is also a question of implementing actions of education on food and health, prevention of HIV/AIDS and other diseases, and promotion of global hygiene in order to induce changes in behaviour and the adoption of good practices.

Testimonial

The greatest thing FXB did for me was to convince me to get tested. I weighed 40 kg at the time, believing that it was because of poverty and hunger. It was hard for me to find out, after the test, that I was HIV positive.

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