13 July 2012 - By focusing on health and mother and child survival, and sidestepping some of the more contentious issues, the 11 July London Summit on Family Planning led to financial pledges of an extra US$4.6 billion for family planning services in developing countries over the next eight years.

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Famine conditions have ended in war-torn Somalia six months after being first declared, the UN has said.
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Even as the battle against hunger continues in the drought-hit Horn of Africa, another crisis has begun to unfold in eight countries across West Africa.

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The head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) called today on the global community to take action to prevent one million children in the Sahel region of West and Central Africa from becoming severely malnourished.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made a  special visit to UNICEF’s global Supply Centre in Copenhagen today to help maintain the global spotlight on the humanitarian crisis in East Africa. The situation in East Africa has left more than 320,000 children so severely malnourished that they are at imminent risk of starving to death unless they get urgent help.

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One hundred days since famine was declared in parts of southern Somalia, UNICEF and its partners are doing their utmost to prevent a second and potentially more devastating wave of deaths from disease against a background of conflict.

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The massive international response to the child survival crisis in the Horn of Africa has already shown some positive results, but much more needs to be done to save hundreds of thousands of children at risk of dying from malnutrition and disease, UNICEF said today according to a progress report three months after famine was declared in parts of Somalia.

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Researchers 'on the cusp' of a vaccine after widescale African trial shows the risk of malaria cut in half

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In an urgent response to famine in parts of Somalia and food insecurity throughout the Horn of Africa, UNICEF and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) this week convened an in-depth briefing on ending the crisis and averting similar catastrophes in the future.

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At least $218 million in new aid for the Horn of Africa was pledged today at a United Nations mini-summit held to raise awareness about the region’s humanitarian crisis and tackle the root causes of its recurring drought-related food shortages.

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