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Famine threatens the lives of 1.4 million children, U.N. warns

As many as 1.4 million children in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen are at risk of dying from famine, according to UNICEF. U.N. agencies are appealing for emergency support to help tens of millions of people suffering from hunger across the four countries, before they descend into famine. Famine was declared in parts of South Sudan on Monday. Formally invoking the world famine for the northern-central part of the country means that hunger is starting to kill people and will continue if nothing is done.

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Global leaders meet in Sri Lanka to ‘reset’ migrant health agenda

Global health leaders are gathering in Colombo, Sri Lanka, today to “reset the international agenda on migrant health.” Organized by the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.N. International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the government of Sri Lanka, the 2nd Global Consultation on Migrant Health brings together representatives from more than 40 countries until Thursday to develop a unified strategy amid “unprecedented” levels of migration.

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Want to reduce teen pregnancy? Talk about HIV

In developing countries, teenage girls have the best chance of succeeding later in life if they avoid unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Both directly impact the health of girls and force them out of school. A new working paper from Cameroon shows evidence that simply talking about HIV can reduce teen pregnancy.

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Kitchen smoke from open fires kills millions, but alternatives still costly

Nepal’s government had hoped to tackle a monumental health crisis by 2017: smoky kitchens. According to World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, smoke from open cooking fires kills 4.6 million people globally and nearly 23,000 just in Nepal every year. Although Nepal’s target will not be met this year – though not for lack of trying – a new report suggests that a women-led market-driven approach may make it achievable by 2022.

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