Dec 27

Although humanitarian aid to Niger has saved the lives of tens of thousands of ill-fed children, the nutritional situation remains alarming with more than 15 in 100 youngsters suffering from acute malnutrition, according to a United Nations-backed survey.

Concerns persist despite a good harvest and pastoral season in late 2010, and the UN Childrens Fund (UNICEF), the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the Government are calling on the international community to intensify its efforts and mobilize all means necessary to fight against child malnutrition and its structural causes.

The magnitude of resources used and efforts made by all humanitarian actors and donors have saved the lives of tens of thousands of children, UNICEF Country Representative Guido Cornale said. This mobilization has stabilized the nutritional status of children, but this is far from enough.

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