News in Brief 06 May 2015 (AM)

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Mothers with infants at the Maitama General Hospital in Abuja, Nigeria. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

US$500 million approved for maternal and child health in Nigeria

A US$500 million credit to improve maternal and child health services in Nigeria has been approved by the World Bank.

The new development financing will help the West African country to achieve its "Saving One Million Lives Initiative."

The initiative was launched by the Nigerian government in 2012 to save the lives of the more than 900,000 women and children who die every year from largely preventable causes.

25,000 arrive in eastern Niger following operations against Boko Haram

Around 25,000 people have arrived in two locations in eastern Niger since the end of last month, according to the UN Humanitarian Office OCHA.

The people were reportedly told to evacuate islands in Lake Chad due to planned military operations by coalition forces from Chad, Niger and Nigeria against terrorists from the Boko Haram group.

The UN has provided displaced families with 10,000 litres of water and household kits for 5,000 people.

Joint response urged in wake of “mass grave” in Thailand

The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, says it is deeply concerned by the discovery of dozens of bodies in smugglers’ camps in southern Thailand.

In recent days, Thai authorities announced that they found the remains of some 30 people believed to originate in Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Investigations are ongoing, with initial police accounts citing illness and abuse as likely causes of death.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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