Sudan: OCHA report says malnutrition claims lives of children in South Sudan

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - UN Secretary-General's Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said Monday that dozens of children under five years of age have died of malnutrition in one state of South Sudan early this month.

Quoting a report of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), he said in a statement received by PANA here,  that 34 children under 5 years of age died from malnutrition in the civil protection site in South Sudan’s Bentiu, Unity State, in the first week of September.

According to the report, water and sanitation organizations were stepping up activities to address malnutrition and child mortality in the state.

OCHA said that malnutrition remains a major concern across South Sudan, with about a quarter of a million children severely malnourished.

Meanwhile, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) recently launched a joint nutrition scale-up plan, which will see the agencies and their partners assist over two million people – children, pregnant women and new mothers – for the treatment and prevention of acute malnutrition until May of next year.

Following the recent fighting in central Unity State, the UN is housing 112,000 people in its protection of civilians’ camp in Bentiu.
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21 september 2015 18:01:17

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