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Heads of WHO, WFP, UNICEF issue joint appeal on Yemen

As 2017 came to a close, the heads of the World Health Organisation (WHO), the World Food Programme (WFP), and the United Nations’ children’s agency (UNICEF) issued a statement on the conflict in Yemen, saying that it “has created the worst humanitarian crisis in the world,” having “passed the tipping point into a rapid decline from crisis…

Quarter of young Rohingya children have acute malnutrition

Rappler.com reported last week that the United Nations said that one quarter of Rohingya children below the age of five who have escaped violence in Myanmar by fleeing to Bangladesh have malnutrition that could potentially be deadly. UNICEF said that three health and nutrition surveys carried out between October 22 and November 27 indicated that…

Indian Cabinet green-lights National Nutrition Mission

The cabinet has approved the establishment of a National Nutrition Mission (NNM) to tackle malnourishment and stunted growth, LiveMint reported. The government is aiming to cut undernutrition, stunting, and low birthweight by 2% per year among 100 million people. It also hopes to cut anaemia among women, adolescent girls, and young children by 3% every…

4 billion people have no social protection: ILO

A recently released report from the ILO contains data indicating that only 45% of the world’s population “is effectively covered by at least one social benefit”. The rest, 55% or 4 billion people, lack any sort of coverage. Just 29% of the world’s population has “access to comprehensive social security”, up from 27% in 2014-15.…

“Inflection Point” in Battle against Hunger: FAO

FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva told British legislators this week that the battle to end hunger is at an “inflection point” and that it is crucial to back family farmers to successfully tackle hunger. “The main cause of hunger nowadays is not the lack of food, but the lack of access to it,” he…

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