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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.

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CAN YOU SEE ME? Ponduck, Age 9
Ponduck has lived her entire life in the Kakuma refugee camp, in Turkana District in Kenya. Her South Sudanese parents arrived there before her birth. She awaits a distribution of porridge outside the camp’s UNICEF-supported primary school. Increased regional instability and the ongoing Horn of Africa drought crisis have significantly increased student enrolment in the camp. By mid-2012, over 3,100 children and youths were attending the school, which only has 14 classrooms.

© UNICEF/Shehzad Noorani

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VIDEO REPORT: Youth teach handwashing skills to keep their community healthy

Watch Youssouf Dissa explaining about the importance of good hygiene and health.

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VIDEO REPORT: Outpatient treatment for severe malnutrition
It’s estimated that just under a quarter of a million children in Nigeria are suffering from severe acute malnutrition, a deadly condition.

The staple diet here is guinea corn, maize meal and rice. All are rich in carbohydrates, but, on their own, they are not sufficient to ensure that children get the range of nutrients they need.

As a result, thousands of children are now attending outpatient therapeutic centres for treatment. These centres are part of an integrated health strategy that UNICEF is supporting called Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM)

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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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7-month-old Kumbaba is carried by his mother, Oumou Sy, and accompanied by a health worker at the UNICEF-supported nutrition centre in Kaédi Hospital, in the city of Kaédi in the southern Gorgol Region of Mauritania. Kumbaba, who is severely malnourished, is being taken to be weighed and measured. His mother left his two siblings behind in their rural village of Bir Baraka in order to bring him to the health facility for treatment.

In May 2012, Mauritania is one of eight countries in the Sahel region facing a nutrition crisis that now affects over 15 million people, with more than 1 million under-five children at risk of dying from nutrition-related illnesses. The regional nutrition crisis is the result of repeated drought-related food shortages, from which people have had insufficient time to recover before being again affected. In Mauritania, more than 700,000 people (nearly 25 per cent of households), including 110,000 children under age five, are food insecure. Some 35,000 children are acutely malnourished, numbers which are expected to rise to 90,000 by the end of the year. Mauritania has also been affected by the influx of more than 64,000 refugees – mostly children and women – fleeing ongoing fighting in neighbouring Mali. Working with the Government and other partners, UNICEF nutrition support includes screenings to identify malnourished children and ready-to-use therapeutic foods to treat malnutrition throughout the country. UNICEF assistance in refugee camps and host communities includes: the provision of safe water and sanitation equipment and supplies; support for measles vaccinations and other health efforts; and the provision of education and recreation supplies.

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Women prepare an enriched flour mixture of rice, sugar, oil and cowpeas at a UNICEF-supported health centre in the town of Dagamanet, Agadez Region of Niger. The mixture is used to treat children with moderate-to-severe malnutrition. Other nutritional measures, including ready-to-eat therapeutic food and exclusive breastfeeding for at least the first six months of a child’s life, are also being utilized to treat malnutrition. Chronic food deficits, antiquated agricultural practices and insufficient cultivated land have left the country vulnerable to recurring food crises.

© UNICEF/Giacomo Pirozzi


PHOTO OF THE WEEK: 19 June 2012

A community handpump, in Est Region of Burkina Faso.

The Sahel region’s current food shortages combine the effects of changing global climate patterns, entrenched poverty and unsustainable development practice. The result is a nutrition crisis threatening over 1 million under-five children. The 20–22 June United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development – known as Rio+20 – aims to unite governments around a roadmap to advance sustainable solutions for all.

©UNICEF/Oliver Asselin

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VIDEO REPORT: UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo calls for help in the Sahel

It’s estimated that 18 million people in nine countries are affected by the crisis, which has been precipitated by successive droughts and rising food prices. Conflict in Mali has displaced hundreds of thousands, adding to the pressure on families.

UNICEF is undertaking an integrated response. During the first four months of the year, UNICEF provided treatment to more than a quarter of a million children suffering from severe acute malnutrition. Health services are being provided in concert with nutrition assistance; more than 6 million children have been vaccinated against measles and more than 9 million have received a treated bed net to reduce the risk of malaria. Because children from affected communities are dropping out of school, educational support is also being provided.

But as the rainy season approaches, cholera is becoming an increasing threat. UNICEF is also preparing to respond to epidemics of measles and meningitis, which could have a devastating effect on already undernourished children.

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VIDEO REPORT: In Chad, finding long-term solutions to the nutrition crisis

Join UNICEF correspondent Chris Niles as she reports on how UNICEF is working on long-term solutions to the nutrition crisis in Chad.

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