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Lake Chad basin

UNICEF downbeat at Lake Chad basin prospects

Lake Chad basin

Lake Chad basin

LAGOS – CHILDREN and women in West and Central Africa remain vulnerable to multiple threats, including insecurity, conflict, drought, flooding and epidemics.

The Boko Haram is the leading cause of the crises, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said.

For countries such as Chad and Nigeria, the volatility has increased due to falling oil prices and declines in state revenues.

Throughout the region, elections planned for 2017 may create further unrest, warned the UN agency.

It said across the Sahel, cyclical drought conditions and chronic food insecurity have caused alarming levels of malnutrition.

In addition, severe acute malnutrition affects more than 6 million children under 55 and more than 46 000 suspected measles cases and 28 900
cholera cases were reported in the region in 2016.

Cholera outbreaks meanwhile continue to affect the Mano River, Lake Chad, Congo River and Niger River basins.

UNICEF assured the West and Central Africa Regional Office (WCARO) would continue to support country offices in the region respond to emergencies, in line with the Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action.

– CAJ News