On 5 February, a woman plays with her 2-year-old son, Kuot Kune, at the UNICEF-supported Al-Shabbah Children’s Hospital, where Kuot is being treated for severe acute malnutrition, in Juba, the capital. In late May 2015 in South Sudan, the lives of more than a quarter of a million children are at risk from a rapidly worsening nutrition situation. The environment for children has greatly deteriorated, based on the onset of an early lean season brought by ongoing conflict, diminished household food stocks and a declining economy. Children trapped by fighting, without access to basic medical services and food, will struggle to survive this lean season without an urgent resumption of humanitarian assistance in conflict-affected areas. Through the national Nutrition Scale Up programme and rapid response missions to remote, conflict-affected areas, UNICEF and partners have treated almost 50,000 children for severe acute malnutrition thus far in 2015. With a funding shortfall of 75 per cent this year, UNICEF is urgently appealing for US$25 million to continue its life-saving nutrition response in South Sudan.

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NEW YORK/DAKAR/NAIROBI/AMMAN, 21 February 2017 – Almost 1.4 million children are at imminent risk of death from severe acute malnutrition this year, as famine looms in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, UNICEF said today.
“Time is running out for more than a million children,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “We can still save many lives. The severe malnutrition and looming famine are largely man-made. Our common humanity demands faster action. We must not repeat the tragedy …