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UNICEF: 10 million Yemeni children need urgent help

Most children in Yemen lack medical care, adequate nutrition, fresh water, sanitation and education, UN body says. Jamie McGoldrick, the UN humanitarian coordinator in Yemen, said at a news conference that aid groups in Yemen have pulled resources from the fight against malnutrition to battle the cholera outbreak in the country, raising risk of famine as they struggle to find funds. "We`re trying to do our best, but it`s very much beyond what we can cope with," he said

July 6, 2017

Hunger rife among Rohingya children after Myanmar crackdown -WFP

More than 80,000 young children may need treatment for malnutrition in part of western Myanmar where the army cracked down on stateless Rohingya Muslims last year, the World Food Programme said. In the first detailed on-the-ground assessment of the community affected by the violence since October, the WFP interviewed 450 families in 45 villages in Maungdaw district in March and April. "The survey confirmed a worsening of the food security situation in already highly vulnerable areas (since October)," the agency said. About a third of those surveyed reported "extreme ...food insecurity" such as going a day and night without eating

July 5, 2017

World hunger on the rise again due to conflict and climate - U.N.

The number of hungry people in the world is rising again after years of decline, as millions suffer from the combined effects of conflict and climate change, the head of the U.N. food agency said. "Preliminary data available for this year indicates that the number of undernourished people in the world has (started to) rise again," said Jose Graziano da Silva, director-general of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. Graziano da Silva said this year`s setback in the fight against hunger hardly came as a surprise, with almost 20 million people facing starvation because of fighting and drought in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen

July 3, 2017

Venezuelan congress says $200 million wasted on low-income food packs

A commission of Venezuela`s opposition-controlled congress said the government overpaid $206 million for food imported from Mexico, stepping up criticism of its handling of a scarcity crisis that charities said is causing more malnutrition. The congress` inspection commission said that between January and June the government bought 7 million boxes of basic foods like rice and cooking oil imported from Mexico by middlemen, paying 55 percent above market prices. "This government is addicted to corruption. Not even the hunger of Venezuelans stops it creating new ways to steal," lawmaker Carlos Paparoni said

June 16, 2017

Millions of Yemenis suffer from lack of food during Ramadan

Nearly 17 million people are facing hunger in war-torn Yemen as Muslims around the world observe the holy month of Ramadan. At the same time, more than two million children suffer from malnutrition in the country, and a child under the age of five dies every 10 minutes of preventable diseases, a UNICEF report said. Additionally, the country is facing a cholera outbreak with more than 29,000 people infected, according to the World Health Organization

May 29, 2017
Daily Sabah, AlJazeera

Violence in central Congo leaves 400,000 children prey to deadly malnutrition - UN

Spiralling violence in the central Democratic Republic of the Congo has disrupted farming and shut down health centres, leaving hundreds of thousands of children vulnerable to life-threatening malnutrition, UNICEF said. An insurrection in the Greater Kasai region has left hundreds dead and uprooted more than 1m people since last July, the UN warned of a dramatically deteriorating situation

May 24, 2017

Malabon winning the battle against malnutrition

The city of Malabon in the Philippines started educating mothers about the risks of stunting in children some three years ago, backed by local businesses who helped in the pooling of resources in local intervention programmes. In just three years stunting rates for children shrank by half from 16.3% in 2013 to 8.52% in 2016

May 21, 2017

Threat of malnutrition still high in Somalia despite onset of rains: ICRC

Rains in Somalia have brought some relief from drought but malnutrition remains a threat, the Red Cross said, with the number of children admitted to its feeding centres nationwide nearly doubling over the last year. In addition to food shortages, Somalia is experiencing a rapid spread of cholera, with more than 20,000 cases reported nationwide. The outbreak is expected to worsen due to the rains

May 19, 2017

Responding to drought must be sustainable, not piecemeal

UNDP representative in Kenya, Siddarth Chatterjee, writes an opinion blog for the Thomson Reuters Foundation in which she sounds the alarm over the growing levels of food insecurity and malnutrition which are developing across more than half of Kenya’s 47 counties. Chatterjee points to the three hardest hit regions of Turkana, Marsabit and Madera where a third of all children under five are acutely malnourished and says this is already double the ‘emergency status threshold,’ so she is asking the international community for help

May 14, 2017

Zambia's poorest farmers risk becoming "squatters on their own land" – UN expert

Zambia’s smallholder farmers could be made squatters on their own land as the country opens up to farming multinationals in an effort to boost its economy, a UN expert said. Hilal Elever, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, said Zambia’s ambition to develop its commercial farming sector to become Southern Africa’s food basket risks worsening extreme rural poverty as farmers may face eviction to make way. Such plans need to place the social and economic impact on people at the centre and not just focus on short term profitability and economic growth 

May 12, 2017

Acutely malnourished Somalian children increase to 1.4 mln: UNICEF

The number of Somali children who are, or soon will be, severely malnourished, has risen by 50% to 1.4m since January, according to UNICEF. The UN body said this number includes over 275,000 who are already experiencing, or will soon do so, life-threatening severe acute malnutrition. About 615,000 people, the vast majority women and children, have been displaced by drought since November 2016. But the combination of drought, disease and displacement is deadly, particularly for children, and the world urgently needs to do more

May 2, 2017
xinhuanet, Daily Sabah, UN News, Prensa Latina, News International, AllAfrica.com, tst.pt, China.org
May 4, 2017

Around 90% of Indian toddlers do not receive a proper diet

Around 90% of children under two in India are struggling to get proper diet crucial for their development, according to NGO Child Rights and You, citing National Family Health Survey data from 2015/16. Deprived of a healthy start, millions of these children will bear the impact of this under-nutrition not just in early years of their childhood but throughout their lives

April 8, 2017
Asian Age, Deccan Chronicle, NDTV, India Live Today

Somalia - malnutrition, cholera and diarrhoea rising among children - cases increase

Thousands of children in Somalia suffer from acute malnutrition, cholera and diarrhoea and the figure in increasingly rapidly. According to UNICEF, therapeutic food was given in the months of January and February to 35,400 sick children, double the amount compared to the same period in 2016, while 18,400 were diagnosed with cholera and watery diarrhoea

April 8, 2017
Foreign Affairs
April 7, 2017
Agenzia Fides

Malnutrition, disease rise sharply among children in Somalia - UN

Early numbers show an increasing number of children in Somalia are suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) and cholera or acute watery diarrhoea, the UN warned. The UNHCR warned in a statement that children suffering from SAM are nine times more likely to die of disease than a well-nourished child, adding that during a 2011 famine the biggest killers were diarrhoea and measles

March 30, 2017
Agence Presse Africaine
March 31, 2017
March 30, 2017

Child marriage soars in Yemen as famine looms: UN

Child marriage soars in Yemen as families struggle to feed their children amid a conflict that has left the country on the brink of famine, UNICEF said. Around 80% of all families in Yemen are in debt or are borrowing money to feed their children. Dowry payments are an additional incentive for poor parents to marry daughters off early and, as there is no minimum age for marriage, campaigners say girls sometimes as young as eight or nine are being married off

March 27, 2017

Nigeria loses 2,300 under five, 145 women of childbearing age daily

Because Nigeria loses about 2,300 under five year olds and 145 women of childbearing age daily, UNICEF has renewed its commitment to support the Nigerian health sector towards improving maternal and child health. To this end, it plans to strengthen immunization and revitalisation of the primary healthcare system in the country

March 22, 2017
Business Daily

For Ugandan children, hunger and HIV make a deadly mix

Reuters reports that Ugandan children suffering from famine due to the drought that has hit the country’s farmers and devastated their crops, helps create a deadly mix. Children on anti-retroviral treatment to slow the development of HIV are suffering as the drugs won’t really take full effect without a nutritious diet to assist the body in processing them

March 22, 2017
Reuters, CNBC Africa

'A child dies every two minutes' Emeli Sande makes charity plea

Singer Emeli Sande made a charity plea, after visiting a malaria-stricken Ugandan hospital for Comic Relief. UK TV presenter, Davina McCall, also visited a malaria hospital in Tanzania and followed suit

March 4, 2017
Daily Record
March 2, 2017
Irish Mirror

Saudi Arabia delaying aid to Yemen is 'killing children', warns Save the Children

Save the Children said ‘shipments of aid are being delayed for months, denying hundreds of thousands of people access to urgently needed medical aid.’ This year, the Saudi-led coalition has prevented three of the charity’s shipments of medical supplies from landing, forcing them to be re-routed and delaying their arrival by up to three months

March 1, 2017
The Independent

Preparedness, surveillance and response

Cholera may accelerate famine in Yemen as resources shift: U.N.

Yemen`s growing cholera epidemic may accelerate looming famine, as limited resources are shifted away from malnutrition and other programs to try to contain the disease, the top U.N. aid official in the country said. The United Nations has received only a third of the $2.1 billion it sought to provide food to 12 million people facing famine in Yemen. Its $250 million funding appeal to combat cholera has yielded just $47 million. "As a result of that, organizations who are in areas where cholera has broken out have had to use resources that they would have otherwise programmed for something like food insecurity or malnutrition,” the UN added

July 11, 2017

Yemen: Cholera deaths mounting as infections increasing

UNICEF reported that 473 people have died from cholera, while infections rose to 52,000 cases across 18 Yemeni governorates. The numbers jumped by 14,000 in just the last two days. The health conditions are being exacerbated by food shortages, increased malnutrition and a lack of access to adequate health services, due to the Yemeni crisis. The UN Population Fund for the Arab Region said that 1.1m pregnant women who are malnourished, need immediate care and pregnancy health service support are at high risk

May 29, 2017
AlArabiya, menafn.com, Ahram Online, Anadolu Agency

Children face hunger crisis in Venezuela as malnutrition soars

Child malnutrition in parts of Venezuela is now at the level of a humanitarian crisis warns a new report from the local Caritas agency. With the economy in freefall, shortages of food and medicine soaring, half of the under-fives monitored by Caritas are suffering from some degree of malnutrition or at imminent risk. The WHO’s threshold for malnutrition is 10% and Caritas says the latest analysis puts current levels at 11.4%

May 16, 2017

Deadly cholera/acute watery diarrhoea outbreak in Somaliland lays bare devastating vulnerability...

An outbreak of cholera/acute watery diarrhoea in Somaliland has killed 28 people in the last ten days and hospitalized a further 167. More than 411 cases of cholera/AWD have been reported in Somaliland since the start of April. In neighbouring Puntland, the numbers are concerning. Since the beginning of the year there have been more than 1600 cases of cholera/AWD with 57 deaths

April 12, 2017
Somaliland Press, Red Cross, Asia Pacific Daily, India.com, Punch Nigeria

UNICEF warns of outbreaks of cholera in Yemen

UNICEF warned of outbreaks of cholera in Yemen due to the continuing conflict, lack of clean drinking water and sanitation-related diseases. UNICEF said nearly 462,000 children are suffering from malnutrition and 10,000 under-fives may have died from preventable disease. Across the country, 17 million people – 60% of the population – are food insecure

April 5, 2017
Middle East Monitor

Hungry Somalian families face agonising choice: which child to feed

Reuters Africa reports that hungry Somali families are facing agonising choices as drought kills off their livestock and leaves the country facing a likely famine – this choice is ‘which child to feed.’ Al Jazeera is reporting that WHO are saying there are only two months left to prevent Somalia’s third famine in 25 years. The last one, six years ago, killed more than 250,000 people. Cases of diarrhoea, cholera and measles are already spreading fast because of the severe drought  

March 7, 2017
Reuters, AlJazeera, The Guardian, Daily Times

Non communicable diseases

India’s ballooning obesity and undernutrition issue: The health risks and remedies

More people are overweight in India than the combined populations of France, Spain and the United Kingdom, a study in the New England Journal of Medicine said. The number of overweight people almost doubled from 10.5% of the country’s population in 2006 to 19.6% in 2016, latest data shows. Anaemia has not shown a corresponding decline, affecting 53% women in 2016, down from 55.3% a decade ago. In comparison, 22.7% men were anaemic in 2016, as against 24.2% in 2006. This shows India is struggling with the twin burdens of chronic malnutrition and obesity

June 16, 2017
Hindustan Times

U.S. nutrition policies may cut heart disease and save lives

Public health policies have the potential to reduce heart disease in the U.S. and save nearly 250,000 lives over 15 years, researchers say, which means, the kinds of policies they`re talking about would lower the price of fruit and vegetables, help lower-income families make better choices, impose taxes on sugary drinks and launch media campaigns, according to a report in the journal PLoS Medicine. "I think what our study does is highlight the potential power of food policies to reduce cardiovascular mortality and disparities in the U.S.," said lead author Jonathan Pearson-Stuttard, of Imperial College London

June 6, 2017

BSF losing more men to lifestyle diseases, mental illness than operations: Director General KK S...

More Border Security Force personnel are dying of mental illnesses and lifestyle diseases than in the line of duty, BSF Director General, KF Sharma said on Tuesday. As a consequence of the study the force is taking some remedial measures to control lifestyle disease by including yoga in the daily routine and changing the dietary

March 21, 2017
Times of India

'Guns don't kill soldiers... SAMOSAS do': India's 'fat soldiers' paramilitary forces lose more m...

The South African Stroke and Heart Foundation said for many South Africans salt intake is too high with much of it hidden in processed food and bread. The nation may have more ‘supertasters,’ with the gene prevalent in Africa, which may mean that South Africans in particular are driven to eat more salt by greater taste sensitivity

March 16, 2017
Daily Mail

Health systems

WHO calls for immediate action to save lives in Somalia

WHO commended the government of the UK for its hosting of an international conference on Somalia but it also sounded an alarm that there is a huge crisis due to the destruction of crops due to drought, famine, disease and health insecurity due to cholera outbreaks. It called on the international community to raise money to urgently overcome the chronic shortage of funding for life-saving work in Somalia before crisis turns into a

May 11, 2017
World Health Organization

Südsudan vor dem Kollaps

Fears on the ground are growing that any form of legitimate governmental authority is starting to break down. Kate Almquist, director of the Washington African Center for Strategic Studies, and her colleague, former coordinator of the UN expert panel for South Sudan, Payton Knopf, see the situation as critical, and are floating the idea of placing South Sudan under an international administration as quickly as possible. They fear that the actions of the predatory elite in South Sudan will end up with half the population either dead or fleeing abroad if action is not taken soon

May 3, 2017
Frankfurter Rundschau

Communicable diseases

Malnutrition, lack of hygiene add to Tuberculosis risk

Tuberculosis spreads faster in packed settings and the transmission of the disease is high in large crowds if a person infected with TB is a part of it. The burden of TB in India is 2.2 million which is the largest and its spread has to be controlled to tackle the disease. The Indian Council of Medical Research is looking at these aspects at the ground level as reports show that the disease burden continues to be high, despite various interventions by the government to control it. Congregate settings have been known to be a high risk environment for TB due to overcrowding, poor levels of nutrition and lack of hygienic conditions in their work environment. These factors add to the spread of the disease and tackling them by identifying the people early will help, experts say

June 25, 2017
Deccan Chronicle

India Cannot Eliminate TB By 2025 Without Also Tackling Poverty And Undernutrition

The economics of tuberculosis remain neglected and often ignored by policymakers; poverty sustains TB and TB reinforces poverty, to date, TB costs India close to $24bn each year and mostly affects those in the 15-55 age group, impacting on productivity and creating unemployment. In India, a study established that the average period of loss of wages for an individual diagnosed with TB was three months. This is catastrophic for those employed in the ‘informal sector,’ and TB-induced poverty affects nutrition which impacts on recovery time and treatment completion

June 5, 2017
Huffington Post

Govt Details $460 Million Plan to Combat HIV/AIDS

According to the Myanmar government there are around 200,000 people living with HIV and 115,000 who receive antiretroviral treatment. The government will contribute 18% of the budget to a programme to combat HIV with the rest of the money coming from international organizations and NGOs, including the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Three Millennium Goals Development Fund and the relevant UN agencies

May 18, 2017
Irrawady News

More than 1 mn tuberculosis patients lack adequate nutrition

Undernutrition increases the severity of TB, reduces a patients’ speed of recovery, and increases their chances of suffering side effects from the medicine, and the likelihood of their becoming one of the 480,000 Indian lives that TB claims each year

May 13, 2017
Financial Express, The Quint, Hindustan Times, Business Standard

Water security: the key ingredient for soda tax success

Mexico has the highest sugary drinks consumption per capita, followed by Chile and South Africa. The lack of widespread access to water in these countries has resulted in the greater permeation of sugary drinks into the market. In Mexico, which introduced a sugary drinks tax in 2014, the goal is to use the tax revenue to support the introduction of free drinking water fountains in all public schools, reducing the need to buy bottled water. Mexico has 206,155 public schools of which 42,617 get water either from a well or a tanker truck. The quality of water is not guaranteed and the programme saw resources cut in 2016

April 28, 2017

FAO, WAHO sign agreement to support Health development

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the West Africa Health Organization have signed a partnership agreement to support common vision of health development, nutrition and biodiversity. The agreement was signed on the sideline of a Forum on Public Private Partnership in health for the ECOWAS region in Accra. It enhances operational research aimed at reducing the incidence of non-communicable diseases in relation to morbidity

April 26, 2017
April 25, 2017
News Ghana

108 million people in the world face severe food insecurity: World Food Programme report

A report by the World Food Programme states that around 108 million people in the world were severely facing food insecurity in 2016. Notably, this figure has risen from 80 million in 2015 which indicates the situation is worsening. The WFP report lists 18 countries in which it projects the prevailing Food Security crisis Phase 3. Yemen tops the list with 14.1m people, about half the population facing severe food insecurity. Ethiopia and Afghanistan came in second and third with 9.7m and 8.5m facing food insecurity respectively

April 3, 2017
India, Trade Arabia, Yahoo India, global agriculture

Tuberculosis: Experts blame disease spread on recession, malnutrition

Experts said the high incidence of tuberculosis among rural and city slum dwellers in Nigeria can be blamed, in some part, on the economic recession in the country. The experts also identified malnutrition as a key factor in reducing a TB patient’s chances of surviving treatment. Health professionals said ‘there is a need to focus more on TB screening and treatment as more Nigerians have lesser access to good meals which boost immunity against infection

March 29, 2017
Punch Nigeria

Why global warming could lead to a rise of 100,000 diabetes cases a year in the U.S.

If the average temperature rises by one degree sea levels will rise, crop yields will fall and vulnerable species will see their habitat shrink or disappear. Now, a new study suggests the number of American adults suffering from diabetes would rise by more than 100,000 a year. People develop type 2 diabetes when their extra pounds and sedentary lifestyle make their bodies less sensitive to insulin. That in turn causes blood sugar to rise and can eventually lead to all sorts of diseases. Why the numbers of diabetics will rise is down to brown adipose tissue which kicks in when temperatures are low and the body needs heat to stay warm. So changes in the weather will trigger changes in sensitivity to insulin 

March 20, 2017
LA Times

Malnutrition threatens to derail Tanzania’s education development

Malnutrition threatens to derail Tanzania’s education development with data showing that in 31 districts where nearly a third of children have been affected by malnutrition, their performances in the 2016 primary school leaving examinations were poor. The Citizen commented ‘chronic malnutrition affects the growth of children below the age of five, impairing their brains’

March 12, 2017
The Citizen

Survey finds most Tanzanians go hungry, despite government denials

Most Tanzanians have experienced hunger in the past three months, with food shortages most severe in drought-hit rural areas, a countrywide survey found, despite government denials of a food crisis. The survey, by think tank Twaweza, found that 64% of interviewees experienced shortages in cities, as opposed to 84% who did so in rural areas

March 8, 2017