With malnutrition responsible for more than half of all deaths of children under five in Niger ? a country where 20 percent never reach their 5th birthday ?UNICEF is warning that recent gains in lowering mortality rates could be lost without consistent funding for aid efforts. A new survey shows that malnutrition rates among children in Niger have improved significantly over the last year, the agency said, while cautioning that without consistent support for the strategy of managing and preventing malnutrition the situation could deteriorate again. (UN News)

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