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Women wait with children to be examined and possibly give supplementary food in a mobile clinic run by UNICEF during a Rapid Response Mission (RRM) in the village of Rubkuai, Unity State, South Sudan, February 16, 2017. (Credit: UNICEF/Modola)

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.

Human Rights
U.N. ‘complicit’ in mass forced return of Afghan refugees, watch group says

Just last week, refugee groups commended Pakistan’s decision to extend the legal stay of Afghan refugees within its borders from March 31, 2017, until the end of December. Now, Pakistan is under fire from Human Rights Watch (HRW) for “the world’s largest unlawful mass forced return of refugees in recent times,” and the U.N. refugee agency is “complicit,” the group said in a report Monday.

Global Health
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.

Dr. Patty Garcia: Peru’s minister of health urges new approach to fighting disease

For today’s Humanosphere podcast, we are talking with Peru’s Minister of Health Patty Garcia and the need for systemic change in how we seek to improve health around the world. Garcia says health care and the global health community have been successful at targeting specific diseases and, in rich countries, advancing treatments. But what we need now, she says, is a comprehensive system that emphasizes prevention and access for all to basic services.

Myanmar gingerly receives Malaysian aid for Rohingya

A Malaysian ship docked in Yangon, Myanmar, yesterday to drop off 2,300 metric tons of humanitarian aid for Muslim Rohingya in northern Rakhine state and Bangladesh. Amid protests, accusations of political expediency and initial resistance from Myanmar and Bangladesh, the Muslim-majority nation is standing by its call to end the Rohingya crisis.

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