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BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 26 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2716

United Nations appeals for $7bn in aid: The United Nations has launched its humanitarian appeal for 2009, seeking $7bn (£4.7bn; €5.5bn) from donors to provide urgent life saving support, including health and emergency food aid, to 30 million people in emergencies in 31 countries. The appeal estimates the health needs of the Democratic Republic of Congo at nearly $76m, Somalia $43m, Iraq $83.7m, …

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