News in Brief 19 January 2017 (PM)

19 January 2017

Aid reaches people in eastern Mosul following Iraqi army gains

Humanitarian access to people in eastern Mosul city has improved following advances made by the Iraqi Security Forces on the eastern bank of the Tigris, the UN Deputy Spokesperson has said.

More than 89,000 people in the area have received aid packages from the UN and its partners in the last week, which include ready-to-eat food rations, water supplies and hygiene materials.

Here’s Farhan Haq.

“Nearly 200,000 people in these neighbourhoods have received such rations since the start of distributions in eastern Mosul city on 8 December. There remains no humanitarian access to west Mosul neighbourhoods and the corridor to Tal Afar. Some 750,000 people are estimated to remain in western Mosul, and concern is mounting for their well-being.”

The Iraqi military is battling to liberate the northern city which has been in the grip of the terrorist group ISIL, also known as Daesh, for more than two years.

Fewer people in Haiti facing hunger after Hurricane Matthew

Three months after Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti, the number of people facing hunger and food insecurity in the most affected areas has declined from one million to 400,0000, a study by the UN food agency has found.

People’s capacity to feed themselves and their families has improved, the World Food Programme (WFP) said, citing its recent Emergency Food Security Assessment (EFSA).

Aid agencies need to continue providing assistance in the hurricane-hit areas, but also in places where levels of food insecurity are high, including the northern provinces of the country, the agency said.

The humanitarian community in Haiti urgently needs US$113 million to support food security and agriculture in 2017, WFP added.

Obesity and overweight on the rise in Latin America and the Caribbean

Obesity and overweight are on the rise throughout Latin America and the Caribbean with the exception of Haiti, Paraguay and Nicaragua.

That’s according to a new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

Overweight and obesity are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health.

Close to 360 million people or 58 percent of the people residing in Latin America and the Caribbean are overweight, the study found.

Meanwhile, obesity affects 140 million people with the highest rates in the Caribbean countries of Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, and Antigua and Barbuda.

The increase in obesity has disproportionately impacted women and children.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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