Unicef appeals for $1bn to help children and women in humanitarian emergenciesBMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b322 (Published 27 January 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b322
- John Zarocostas
The chief of Unicef this week launched the agency’s 2009 funding appeal for humanitarian action, seeking just over $1bn (£0.72bn; €0.77bn) from donors—of which 38% is for health and nutrition—to help millions of children and women affected by emergencies in 36 countries worldwide, the bulk of which are in sub-Saharan Africa.
“Many countries featured in the report are silent or forgotten emergencies. Women and children are dying every day due to diseases, poverty, and hunger, but sadly their deaths go largely unnoticed,” said Ann M Veneman, Unicef’s executive director.
The agency, in its Humanitarian Action Report 2009, warns that climate change and high food prices have adversely affected many of the countries for which it is seeking emergency aid funds.
It notes that the number of people who are suffering hunger increased to 950 million in 2008, up from 850 million the year before, and warns that the risk of hunger could increase for about …