News in Brief 05 May 2015 (AM)

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A cargo plane carrying 40 metric tonnes of life-saving supplies lands in Kathmandu to provide assistance to some of the 1.7 million children affected by the 25 April 2015 earthquake in Nepal. Photo: UNICEF/Kiran Panday

Airlift of humanitarian supplies to quake-hit Nepal begins

Humanitarian supplies to meet the emergency needs of some of the 1.7 million children affected by an earthquake in Nepal are being airlifted to the capital, Kathmandu.

More than 7300 people are thought to have died in the tremor on 25 April.

The UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, is working with the European Union to deliver 80 metric tonnes of relief aid.

Millions of lives could be saved by investment in midwives

Millions of lives could be saved every year across the world if there was greater political will to invest in midwifery services.

That's according to the Executive Director of the UN Population Fund, UNFPA, speaking on the International Day of the Midwife.

UNFPA says that nearly 800 women continue to die every day from complications of pregnancy and childbirth.

Experts seek to boost food security in the Mediterranean region

Food experts are meeting in Barcelona, Spain to look at ways of boosting food security in the southern and eastern Mediterranean regions.

Most countries there produce insufficient quantities of food staples and are increasingly relying on imports.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, says the high demand for basic food products, due to rapid population growth, has stretched limited and fragile natural resources.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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