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01 Jul 2008 description
report UN Children's Fund

Nairobi, 1 July 2008. A lethal mix of drought, expanding conflict, rising food and energy prices, disease, and high poverty is pushing children and their families in the Greater Horn of Africa to the brink of disaster. Actions and policies are needed now to avert grave human suffering.

Ethiopia and Somalia are the worst affected, but parts of Eritrea, Djibouti, Kenya and Uganda show ominously similar signs. 'The time to act is now,' said Per Engebak, UNICEF's Regional Director for East and Southern Africa, 'to save children's lives.

30 May 2008 description

THE IMPACT OF GLOBAL FOOD INSECURITY ON HEALTH AND NUTRITION

The vast majority of the 1 billion people who live on less than $1 a day go to bed hungry. In developing countries, one of every four children under the age of five is underweight, which is the most important indicator of hunger. Reducing the number of children who suffer from malnutrition is a key component of the first Millennium Development Goal (MDG1) to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.