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Field diary from Kenya: tough love can save lives

UNICEF's Cifora Monier holds Zeitun as a nurse prepares to insert a feeding tube in the baby’s nose in the UNICEF-supported stabilization centre at Wajir District Hospital.|© UNICEF Kenya/2011/Gangale

— In one way or another, every UNICEF staff member around the world is in the business of saving lives. For those who work directly with children and families in health, nutrition and protection programmes, the results are often tangible: a baby immunized against measles, a mother protected from tetanus, one child rehydrated after a dangerous bout of diarrhoea, another rescued from the front lines of armed conflict.

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Match your donation and fight malnutrition

UNICEF/NYHQ2010-0632/Olivier Asselin

— We are asking our supporters to help us raise $200,000 by the end of the day tomorrow. This will allow UNICEF to keep supplying the therapeutic food, affordable vaccines and clean water that can help save millions of children suffering from malnutrition in the Horn of Africa and around the world.

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Report from Dadaab

Yesterday morning, I accompanied UNICEF’s health specialist on the second day of vaccinations at Ifo camp in Dadaab. Over the coming days, more than 220,000 children under five in the camps and host communities will be immunized against measles and polio.

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Southern Sudan elections: what’s at stake

— On January 9, Sudan will hold a week-long referendum to determine whether the country will remain as one territory or will be divided. The upcoming vote on Southern Sudan’s independence has created significant instability in an already precarious landscape and could result not just in the world’s newest nation … but in escalated violence and human displacement.

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UNICEF in Yemen, trying to balance the bad news

If you’ve heard about Yemen at all recently, the news likely hasn’t been good. Two suicide bombings last month-likely the work of Al-Qaeda-killed 25 people in the north and terrified a region already battered by unrest. Despite a ceasefire, clashes between militants and government forces in the northern region of Sa’ada continue to displace thousands of people. And last year’s thwarted Christmas day underwear bomber received training in Yemen.

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Monday photo: Silent emergency in Sahel

— In the arid strip of land below the Sahara desert, there is a food crisis that has gone well beyond emergency levels. Last week, UNICEF announced that in some parts of the drought-stricken country of Chad, 1 in 4 children are suffering acute malnutrition.

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