UNICEF LAUNCHES 110 MLN USD APPEAL TO AID CHILDREN IN SUDAN

KHARTOUM, Feb 17 (NNN-XINHUA) — The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) has launched an appeal to raise 110 million US dollars to meet humanitarian needs for children in Sudan.

The appeal is part of a Unicef annual global Humanitarian Action for Children, which aims at mobilizing resources and drawing attention to the plight of children worldwide, says Abdullah Fadil, the Unicef representative to Sudan.

Unicef is planning to reach over two million children across Sudan this year, he said in a statement, which notes that about 13 per cent of African children who suffer from severe acute malnutrition are in Sudan.

Figures show that two million Sudanese children under the age of five are acutely malnourished, 550,000 of them severely malnourished. Conflict-related displacements, the El Nino weather phenomenon, epidemics, floods and droughts have exacerbated the nutrition and food security situation of Sudanese children, the statement said.

Earlier statistics from Sudan’s Health Ministry indicate that malnutrition surpasses eight known causes of children’s deaths, including malaria, blood poisoning, pneumonia, dehydration, gastroenteritis, anaemia and heart disease.

Sudan’s government is working with its partners to implement national priority programs addressing malnutrition and reducing children’s mortality rates.

Source; Nam News Network