2-13 | Despite the large-scale response to the nutritional crisis from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and many other organisations, tens of thousands of children suffered from malnutrition in Niger in 2010. In spite of better harvests, 2011 also looks set to be a critical year.
Kenya: Ifo II refugee camp lies empty whilst tens of thousands of Somali refugees live in unacceptable conditions less than 10 kilometers away
1-21 | Despite several aid agencies, including MSF, ready to assist the more than four hundred daily new arrivals, the negotiations for the opening of the new camp continue to be blocked.
1-4 | In 2010, a particularly devastating “hunger season” in Niger threatened the lives of hundreds of thousands of young children. The effective humanitarian response demonstrated just how far strategies to tackle malnutrition have improved in recent years.
11-12 | MSF teams in Niger are particularly on alert in the period between July and November. Malnourished children are at risk of contracting malaria and many who are already suffering from it become extremely vulnerable as a result of the combination. Malaria further reduces appetite among these children, weakening them further and creating a deadly spiral from which it is difficult to escape. During this period, MSF treated nearly 130,000 children suffering from malaria in the Maradi, Zinder, Tahoua and Agadez regions.
11-10 | More than two weeks after Cyclone Giri struck the west coast of Myanmar on 22 October, the emergency response is insufficient to meet people's needs. The cyclone caused massive destruction in villages east and south of Sittwe, Rakhine State.At least 81,000 people are homeless and 40,000 acres of agricultural land have been destroyed weeks before the harvest, according to official estimates. People need food and shelter materials.For cyclone survivors, this is a period of critical vulnerability. They urgently need more assistance.