Additional 6.7 million kids underneath 5 might endure from losing attributable to COVID-19: UNICEF


New Delhi, July 28

An extra 6.7 million kids underneath the age of 5 the world over might endure from losing this yr as a result of socio-economic impression of the COVID-19 pandemic, the UNICEF warned on Tuesday.

According to the UNICEF, in India, there are nonetheless round 20 million kids underneath 5 years of age who’re affected by losing.

According to the Global Hunger Index 2019, losing amongst kids in India rose from 16.5 per cent in 2008-2012 to 20.eight per cent in 2014-2018.

Wasting is a life-threatening type of malnutrition, which makes kids too skinny and weak, and places them at higher danger of dying, poor development, improvement and studying.

According to the UNICEF, even earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic, 47 million kids have been already wasted in 2019.

An extra 6.7 million kids underneath the age of 5 might endure from losing and due to this fact change into dangerously undernourished in 2020 on account of the socio-economic impression of the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN kids’s company mentioned.

“Without urgent action, the global number of children suffering from wasting could reach almost 54 million over the course of the year. This would bring global wasting to levels not seen this millennium,” it mentioned.

Quoting an evaluation of the Lancet, the UNICEF mentioned 80 per cent of those kids can be from sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

“Over half would be from South Asia alone,” it mentioned.

It mentioned the Lancet evaluation finds that the prevalence of losing amongst kids underneath the age of 5 might enhance by 14.three per cent in low and middle-income international locations this yr as a result of socio-economic impression of COVID-19. 

“It’s been seven months since the first COVID-19 cases were reported and it is increasingly clear that the repercussions of the pandemic are causing more harm to children than the disease itself,” mentioned UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore.

“Household poverty and food insecurity rates have increased. Essential nutrition services and supply chains have been disrupted. Food prices have soared. As a result, the quality of children’s diets has gone down and malnutrition rates will go up,” she mentioned. PTI



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