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Janet Jackson Lifts Her Voice to Help Kids in West and Central Africa
Janet Jackson, GRAMMY® Award-winning and Oscar® nominated artist, entertainer and actor is lending her talent and powerful voice to support UNICEF in providing humanitarian assistance in the Sahel region of West and Central Africa, where 1.4 million children are at risk of severe malnutrition, a potentially deadly condition if left untreated.

UNICEF’s response in the area focuses on providing immediate support to the most vulnerable children, including life-saving therapeutic food, basic health services, and clean water to help safeguard against infectious diseases and diarrhea. Last year, 800,000 children’s lives were saved from severe malnutrition in the Sahel. It was the largest intervention of its kind in the history of the region, which encompasses the countries of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Cameroon, The Gambia, Nigeria and Senegal.

Globally, under-nutrition contributes to more than a third of deaths among children under the age of five. The physical and cognitive damage caused by not receiving enough of the right type of nutrients, especially in the first two years of life, is permanent. Lifelong physical and mental effects can include stunting, blindness, weakened immune systems, mental retardation, and other disabilities. While the damage cannot be treated, it can be prevented by providing expectant mothers, newborns and very young children with nutrients such as proteins, fat, and vitamins; and minerals such as vitamin A, iron, and zinc.

For more information: http://www.unicef.org/

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: 30 January 2013

Morukirion Karunon, from the nomadic Turkana tribe, returns to her hut with her three children, in the temporary settlement of Nakalala in Turkana Province of Kenya. A UNICEF-supported satellite clinic in the settlement provides critical health services, including vaccinations and maternal care.

Turkana Province was among those worst affected by the 2011 drought in the Horn of Africa.

2012 ©UNICEF/Noorani

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After famine, malnourishment persists

Although famine conditions have officially ended in Somalia, UNICEF and partners are reaching thousands and thousands of acutely malnourished children.

Read more: http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/somalia_66367.html

VIDEO REPORT: Nigeria’s silent crisis

UNICEF correspondent Karen Allen reports on the devastating impact of drought, malnutrition and disease in Nigeria.

Read more: http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/nigeria_65630.html

Somali children play in a child-friendly space in the Kobe refugee camp in the Dollo Ado area of Ethiopia’s Somali Region. The UNICEF-supported space is run by the international NGO Save the Children US. Some 27,000 Somali refugees currently shelter in the camp.

In June 2012 in Ethiopia, refugees from conflict and drought in Somalia continue to arrive at camps in the south-eastern Dollo Ado area of Somali Region. While Ethiopians also continue to suffer the effects of the worst drought to hit the Horn of Africa in 60 years – which hit hardest in July and August, 2011 – Somalia remains the worst affected. By early July of this year, the number of Somali refugees in the five major camps and a transit centre settlement in Dollo Ado had grown to 160,000; more than two thirds are children; one quarter are under five years of age. Child mortality and malnutrition rates have improved significantly in the camps since the height of the crisis, but are expected to worsen due to decreased crop and livestock production: the result of below-average rains from February through May. UNICEF has joined with the Ethiopian Administration for Refugees and Returnee Affairs (ARRA) and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) – as well as with other UN, NGO and community partners – to help provide essential services in the areas of health, nutrition, education, water and sanitation and child protection. This includes support for feeding programmes, immunizations, safe water and hygiene practices, early childhood development, school supplies, family tracing, and support for unaccompanied children.

© UNICEF/NYHQ2012-0597/Jiro Ose

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VIDEO REPORT: In Somalia, fuel-efficient stoves prevent sexual violence and generate income for vulnerable families

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VIDEO REPORT: A year after famine ravaged parts of the Horn of Africa, women and children who were displaced by the devastating drought share their stories.

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One year ago, on 20 July 2011, the United Nations declared famine in two regions of southern Somalia, the flashpoint in a humanitarian crisis gripping the Horn of Africa. After an outpouring of international support, the famine ended in February 2012, and countless lives across the region were saved. But 8 million people in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya remain in need of humanitarian assistance, and UNICEF’s relief efforts must continue.

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: 17 July 2012

A child is weighed in a UNICEF-supported feeding centre in N’Djamena, Chad.

Beset by chronic stunting, endemic poverty and illiteracy, as well as inadequate social services, Chadian children are among the world’s most vulnerable. In Chad, one of eight Sahelian countries currently affected by a food crisis, some 127,300 under-five children may die of nutrition-related illnesses. A renewed global commitment to child survival entails reaching those most at risk.

©UNICEF/Kate Holt

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A woman chops wood to sell for food on a hillside already affected by soil erosion, in the village of Chipumi, Malawi. The area is suffering from growing deforestation as people chop down trees for fuel and to make room for agriculture. Because of droughts and flooding, many Malawians were unable to buy seeds to grow their own food crops.

© UNICEF/NYHQ2002-0260/Ami Vitale

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