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The nutritional situation for children in Burkina Faso is worsening

  |   SUN Country Network, SUN UN Network

New data from UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has revealed worsening nutritional situation for children in Burkina Faso, with more than 535,000 children under the age of five suffering from acute malnutrition – an unprecedented level.  “The aggravating factors causing the nutritional situation of children to deteriorate...

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COVID-19 could reverse decades of progress toward eliminating preventable child deaths

  |   SUN Country Network, SUN UN Network

Levels and Trends in Child Mortality United Nations Inter-Agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UN IGME), Report 2020   The number of global under-five deaths dropped to its lowest point on record in 2019 – down to 5.2 million from 12.5 million in 1990, according to new mortality estimates released...

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Urgent action is needed to address worsening food and nutrition insecurity in Burkina Faso

  |   SUN Country Network, SUN UN Network

Urgent and sustained action is needed to address worsening food and nutrition insecurity in Burkina Faso, say the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), citing alarming new data. Some 3.3 million people are estimated...

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Yemen sees return to alarming levels of food insecurity

  |   SUN Country Network, SUN UN Network

Economic shocks, conflict, floods, desert locusts and now COVID-19 are creating a perfect storm that could reverse hard-earned food security gains in Yemen, warns the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis released today by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United...

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More than 15 million cases of acute malnutrition expected in 2020 in West and Central Africa

  |   SUN Country Network, SUN UN Network

United Nations agencies warn of unprecedented impact of food insecurity and COVID-19 on child malnutrition More than 15 million cases[1] of acute malnutrition are expected in children under the age of five in West and Central Africa in 2020 – one-third of cases in the most severe...

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New report identifies 27 countries heading for COVID-19-driven food crises

  |   SUN Country Network, SUN UN Network

New analysis by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) identifies 27 countries that are on the frontline of impending COVID-19-driven food crises, as the pandemic's knock-on effects aggravate pre-existing drivers of hunger. No world region is immune, from Afghanistan and...

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Millions of refugees across Africa face even greater food insecurity amid COVID-19 crisis

  |   SUN Country Network, SUN UN Network

The alert from the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), coincides with ongoing conflict and disasters on the continent, and severe underfunding for their work. “While the situation continues to deteriorate for everyone, the disaster is magnified for refugees who have absolutely...

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WFP announced a massive rise in the number of hungry people around the world due to socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic

  |   SUN UN Network

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced a massive rise in the number of hungry people it plans to assist around the world, as the devastating socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic push millions more people into food insecurity in low- and middle-income countries. “The...

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UNICEF and WFP launch partnership to help fight malnutrition in Ethiopia

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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Food Programme (WFP) have launched a three-year partnership in Ethiopia to support the Government in preventing acute malnutrition in children and mothers and provide school-based nutrition and health services. The three-year initiative aims to support the Government...

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Yemeni children face deadly hunger and aid shortages as COVID-19 pandemic spreads

  |   SUN Country Network, SUN UN Network

Millions of children in Yemen could be pushed to ‘the brink of starvation’ due to huge shortfalls in humanitarian aid funding amid the COVID-19 pandemic – according to a new UNICEF report marking more than five years since conflict escalated in the country. Yemen five years...

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