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18 Jul 2012 description

Millions in West Africa now living through permanent food crises, aid agency says

  • New report finds family’s ability to withstand shocks lies at heart of persistent food crises

  • Governments and donors must act now to save more than one million children at risk in the Sahel

  • Make improved nutrition in children the benchmark for success in all programmes, says World Vision

26 Jun 2012 description
report Save the Children

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WESTPORT, Conn. (June 26, 2012) — Pregnancy is the biggest killer of teenage girls worldwide, with one million dying or suffering serious injury, infection or disease due to pregnancy or childbirth every year, Save the Children said today.

11 Jun 2012 description
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11 June 2012

Save the Children is today launching a global appeal to tackle the worsening food crisis in West Africa, where more than 18 million people are facing hunger.

The charity has already scaled up its emergency operations in the Sahel region of West Africa, but says they have a funding shortfall of almost US$40 million.

They hope to close that gap and raise extra funds to bring help to 1.5 million people – including almost a million children – most urgently in need. Save the Children New Zealand is aiming to raise $400,000 for this appeal.

23 Apr 2012 description
report Save the Children

Alarm bells are already going off across West Africa. Families and children are struggling to survive. The hunger crisis the people of West Africa are currently experiencing is caused by a combination of limited rainfall, failed crops, increases in food prices and eroded resiliency.

We need to act on these early warnings because things will get worse, said Save the Children CEO Liz Gibbs.

14 Mar 2012 description
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New money pledged today by the UK government to fund a response to food shortages in the Sahel region of West Africa is very welcome, said Save the Children today. Other donors should follow the UK’s lead and ensure that money pledged is delivered quickly to meet urgent needs on the ground.

Justin Forsyth, Save the Children’s Chief Executive, returned from Niger last week and said timely donations from international donors were critical to prevent what was already a crisis from turning into a catastrophe: