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Over 50 Million Children Could Starve From The Covid-19 Pandemic

Over 50 Million Children Could Starve From The Covid-19 Pandemic

Children below 5-years-old are left to suffer life-threatening conditions.

Akmal Hakim

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The Covid-19 pandemic could leave over 50 million children across the planet starving and malnourished.

According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the socio-economic impact of the pandemic could see an additional 6.7 million children below the age of five from poor nations such as sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia suffering from wasting.

Wasting syndrome is a form of malnutrition caused when a person does not get enough nutritional foods in their diet. Wasting can be a life-threatening condition making a child thin, weak, and stunts their growth.

(UNICEF)

Prior to the pandemic, an estimated 47 million children around the world are already thought to have endured the horrible condition.

The impact of the pandemic could see 14.3% more kids in low and middle-income nations becoming affected by the disease in 2020.

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A child suffering from severe fat and muscle loss due to wasting.
(Reuters)

With the pandemic shutting down the global economy, essential services and supply chains are disrupted, effectively contributing even more to household poverty and food insecurities.

Experts note that the global levels of wasting syndrome could hit unprecedented rates not seen in over a millennium, causing 10,000 more child deaths per-month globally.

It’s said that the pandemic will arguably impact women and children the most, causing other dietary diseases such as stunting, micronutrient deficiencies and obesity as a result of poorer diets and the inability to get nutritious foods.

(UNICEF)

The United Nations (UN) advises immediate global action to safeguard the world’s food supply and expand social protections to vulnerable members of the population.


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