malnutrition

Environment
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Sri Lanka’s worst drought in 40 years will leave lasting impact

Sri Lanka is in the midst of its worst drought in decades. Rain shortages since October have created a humanitarian and economic crisis that is now affecting more than 1.2 million people. More than 900,000 people are in “urgent need of food assistance,” while 80,000 of them may need “urgent life-saving support,” according to a March 7 draft assessment acquired by IRIN.

Global Health
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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.

Global Health
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Lychee pinned to seasonal deaths of malnourished children in India

Reports are calling it a “deadly fruit,” as investigators recently discovered lychee is behind the mysterious outbreak that has taken hundreds of children’s lives every year in Muzaffarpur, India. The discovery, published Tuesday in the Lancet Global Health journal, is a celebration of scientific collaboration and quality sleuthing. However, others say what comes next could have an even greater global impact.

Basics
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Signs of hope in Lake Chad basin where 11 million need humanitarian aid

More than 7 million people living in West Africa’s Lake Chad basin are surviving on just one meal a day, a U.N. official warned. With millions of Nigerians displayed from their homes, a regional crisis is brewing. U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel Toby Lanzer said that international help is crucial for people living in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria, and to prevent a deadly hunger crisis.

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