More than 1 million children in West and Central Africa in danger of
TORONTO, Jan. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - UNICEF released its 2012 Humanitarian Action Report for Children today revealing a significant increase in demand for emergency
nutrition programs to assist vulnerable children and women living in
"All 25 countries in this year's report need emergency nutrition
support," says UNICEF Canada's President and CEO David Morley. "The
requirements are a staggering 47 per cent higher this year than last."
Approximately half of the $383 million USD emergency nutrition appeal is
for countries continuing to suffer through crisis in the Horn of
Africa; Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. A significant portion is
also for the emerging children's crisis in the Sahel region of West and
Central Africa, where more than 1 million children are in danger of
becoming severely malnourished.
In early December UNICEF warned of a looming crisis in the region that
would require major malnutrition interventions in eight countries;
Burkina Faso, Chad, Niger, northern Nigeria, the north of Cameroon,
Mali, Mauritania and northern Senegal.
"The time to respond to the emerging situation in the Sahel is now,"
says Morley. "UNICEF has always stressed early warnings and action on
humanitarian disasters. We must prevent a crisis in this region.
Children's lives depend on it"
In total UNICEF's 2012 Humanitarian Action for Children report appeals for $1.28 billion USD to assist 97 million people in 25
Beyond the two large humanitarian crises in the Horn of Africa and the
Sahel, the report highlights other 'silent emergencies.' These include
the needs of children and their families displaced by violence stemming
from the November 2010 elections in Cote d'Ivoire and the independence
of South Sudan.
In Pakistan five million people were affected by a second year of
flooding and political turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa has
created new humanitarian needs.
Along with emergency nutrition support UNICEF's humanitarian responses
include emergency education, health, child protection, shelter and
water and sanitation-related interventions. Today's report stresses the
importance of emergency preparedness and building resilience as
critical in reducing death and injury in emergency situations. UNICEF's
humanitarian interventions are supported entirely by voluntary
donations and help all children regardless of race, religion or
The report is available on www.unicef.ca
UNICEF's new Humanitarian Action for Children report
Malnutrition greatest threat to children in 2012
UNICEF warns of emerging crisis in Sahel region
UNICEF Canada's President and CEO David Morley, UNICEF nutrition experts
and Canadian UNICEF staff in the Sahel and other regions
Toronto, the Sahel and other crisis regions
2012 Humanitarian Action for Children report released January 27, 2012
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