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Monday, 16-October-2006
(thetidenews)- - Nigeria ranks amongst the world’s top ten countries with the largest number of underweight children with an estimated six million under-five who are underweight if the new statistics released by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) is anything to go by.

To combat malnutrition, the federal government has adopted seven new strategies. The National Planning Commission through the National Committee on Food and Nutrition (NCFN) in collaboration with UNICEF has identified improving food security through programmes and projects in both agricultural and non-agricultural sectors to increase household income, especially in the poorer cadre of the population.

NCFN, the main basis for the co-ordination and harmonisation of all food and nutrition related policies and programme in the country is to foster care-givers capacity base by promoting optimal infant feeding practices and reducing the herculean task on women to create more time for childcare, through the development of labour saving technologies. The committee aims to improve health services to provide essential maternal and child health care.

Other strategies in this wise are: micronutrient deficiency and anemia via a strategy including vitamin and mineral supplementation, food fortification and dietary diversification; combating iodine deficiency disorder through salt iodisation programme; plus institutionalising general consumer protection measures to ensure that food quality and consumer health are adequately safeguarded, as contained in the UNICEF Nigeria latest information sheet on nutrition made available to the media by the communication officer, Christine Jaulmes.

UNICEF representative in Nigeria, Mr Ayalew Abai, at a recent workshop, said this of Nigeria: Happily several African countries are on track to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) target for underweight – Benin, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, the Gambia and Mauritania. Nigeria is not in this group yet and this has important implications for the sub-region. Nigeria is by far the most populous country in the region and its proportion of underweight children dominates the regional statistics.

The UNICEF representative in Nigeria, urges the federal government to inject the same effort she has inserted in achieving and sustaining universal salt iodation in other nutrition interventions, notably, exclusive breast feeding and vitamin A supplementation.

The report highlights that women who are undernourished have lower resistance to infection and are more liable to die from common childhood ailment like malaria, diarrhea diseases or respiratory infections. It is also estimated that malnutrition contributes to over 50% to mortality amid children aged five years and below.

Jaulmes who backs the national nutrition response on sustainable elimination of vitamin A disorder as well as reduction of iron deficiency anemia and zinc deficiency, also approves of the improvement of early child care practices at households level and in early child care centres.
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Friday, 17-October-2014
The newly appointed Prime Minister Khaled Bahah has called the International Community to speed up honor their pledges they announced about during Yemen Friends' Meetings held in Riyadh, New York and London.

During a formal ceremony held at the UN Premises on Friday on the occasion of ending duties as Yemen's Permanent Representative to the UN, Bahah talked about providing suitable environment to enhance Yemen's economy to help improving humanitarian and political situation in Yemen, as well as providing protection to weak social categories.

He reviewed a series of political, security, economic, humanitarian and social challenges that will face the expected national partnership government he will form after his arrival to the country.
Thursday, 16-October-2014
Yemen has called for gathering regional and international efforts to confront and combat the crime of human trafficking.

At the Regional Conference on combating human trafficking hosted by Sudan's capital Khartoum during October 13-16, Yemen stressed in its speech, which was delivered by the ambassador Abdulelah Hajar, the importance of seeking to eliminate the main causes of the growing phenomenon of asylum and illegal immigration, represented in poverty, illiteracy, unemployment ,oppression ,armed conflicts and natural disasters
Thursday, 16-October-2014
The Cabinet discussed in its meeting held Thursday security and economic situations in the country, as well as the performance of the government's institutions.

Presided over by Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Electricity Abdullah al-Akwa', the government studied measures must be adopted by all ministries and government bodies to deal with present challenges and the implementation of Peace and Partnership Agreement signed by political parties
Wednesday, 15-October-2014
Japan expressed on Wednesday deep concern and strong condemnation of the terrorist attacks taken place in Sana'a and Hadramout last week.

At least 66 people were killed on October 9 in a suicide bombing in the capital Sana'a and a car bomb attack on an army checkpoint in eastern Hadramout governorate.

"Japan expresses its absolute condemnation of these terrorist acts, and offers sincere condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to the injured," the Japanese Foreign Ministry spokesman said in a statement posted on the Ministry's
Wednesday, 15-October-2014
Air forces have carried out an air strike in Shabwa governorate killing a leader of al-Qaeda, a military official said on Wednesday.

The air strike killed a number of al-Qaeda militants, including al-Qaeda leader in Shabwa "Mahdi Badas", also known as Abu Hussein, the official told the Defense Ministry website.

The strike is part of the army's operation against the remaining of al-Qaeda members.
Tuesday, 14-October-2014
The United Nations Security Council held an urgent meeting on Monday on the political transition and the latest developments in Yemen.

The meeting, chaired by the Security Council President, Maria Cristina Perceval (Argentina), was briefed by the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Yemen, Jamal Benomar.

Perceval made a press statement, on behalf of Security Council members following the consultations on the situation in Yemen, saying that the members of the Security Council have heard a sobering update from Benomar on the current political and security situation in Yemen.

"Council members expressed their deep concern about the latest developments," she said.

"The Security Council condemned the growing number of terrorist attacks carried out or sponsored by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and expressed their determination to address this threat," she said.
Monday, 13-October-2014
President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi issued on Monday a presidential decree No. (62) for 2014 mandating Khalid Bahah to form a new government.

The appointment of Bahah to the post of the Prime Minister was made during a meeting held Monday between the President and his advisers, who represent various parties.
Sunday, 12-October-2014
Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology Dr. Ahmed bin Daghr has met with South Korea's ambassador to Yemen Lee Young-ho.

In the meeting, the two officials have discussed cooperation sides between the two friendly countries and ways of enhancing them.

The Minster commended relationship links the two friendly countries in various fields,
Saturday, 11-October-2014

Two soldiers were killed on Saturday in a terrorist attack with in Hadramout governorate, a military official said.

An army vehicle was blown up by an explosive device planted by al-Qaeda elements in Sayoun-Shebam road, the official told the Defense Ministry website, adding that the attack left two soldiers dead and two others wounded.

Military troops have been deployed at the scene of the attack and begun combing the surrounding areas, he said.
Saturday, 11-October-2014
The European Union on Friday strongly condemned the terrorist attacks against peaceful protestors in Sana’a and a military checkpoint in Hadramout.

Expressing its sincere condolences to the victims’ families and sincere sympathy with the injured, the EU reiterated in a statement issued today its unwavering commitment to support Yemen in its war against terrorism.

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