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Agencies scale up African relief

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 18 August 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:422
  1. Chibuzo Odigwe
  1. Calabar, Nigeria

    The United Nations, aid agencies, and governments of rich countries are scaling up relief efforts to try to bring the food crisis in Niger and neighbouring areas under control.

    Khaled Adly, acting regional director of the UN's World Food Programme in west Africa, said: “The generosity of donor countries and individuals has been tremendous over the past three weeks, but we still need more contributions to ensure that the people of Niger have enough food to get them through to the harvest in about 10 weeks' time.” The programme's $58m (£32m; €47m) appeal has so far raised only $33m.

    The World Food Programme and other aid agencies, such as Médecins …

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