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Tuesday, 26 June 2012

UNICEF welcomes EU initiative to reinforce Sahel resilience

UNICEF Deputy Executive Director, Yoka Brandt, recently participated in EU talks in Brussels to address the nutrition crisis in the Sahel. She welcomed a new initiative to strengthen the resilience of the Sahel region through efforts to help the inhabitants cope with the shocks caused by food crises in the longer-term."We are in a race against the clock to save lives before the crisis hits a peak that may threaten the lives of millions of people, so this is very welcome," she remarked.
In 2012, UNICEF expects to provide life-saving treatment for 1.1 million children under the age of five years suffering from severe acute malnutrition in the Sahel, where an estimated 18 million people are affected by a drought and food crisis in nine countries.

Source: Allafrica