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Hunger poses the “world’s greatest health risk” as aid deficit bites, says UN

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b3849 (Published 18 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3849
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

    The number of hungry people will pass one billion this year for the first time in history, but the flow of food aid is at a 20 year low, says the United Nation’s World Food Programme.

    Josette Sheeran, executive director of the programme, said at a speech at the British Academy in London on 16 September, “In the week that marks the first anniversary of the global financial crisis, there are more hungry people in the world and less food aid than ever before. For the world’s most vulnerable, the perfect storm is hitting with a vengeance.”

    She warned that: …

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