Agencies step up efforts to fight malnutrition in South Sudan

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A health worker measures a baby girl's arm, at an outpatient therapeutic feeding centre at the Protection of Civilians site on the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) base in Malakal, capital of Upper Nile State. Photo: UNICEF/Christine Nesbitt

More than two million mothers and children in South Sudan are expected to benefit from a nutrition campaign run by two UN agencies.

Conflict in South Sudan has forced millions of people to flee their homes over the past two years.

It has also destroyed basic services and increased disease and hunger.

Dianne Penn reports.

The World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) are stepping up efforts to reverse malnutrition over the coming year.

The campaign is an intensification of efforts began last year which the agencies said helped avert a famine and save lives.

UNICEF and WFP are aiming to assist over two million children, pregnant women and new mothers in all states in South Sudan through May 2016.

They also will work to address root causes of malnutrition, such as poverty, water and sanitation access, and infant and child feeding practices.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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