The reduction in routine medical services and the increase in children’s nutritional deficiencies due to the coronavirus pandemic restrictions could result in an additional 1.2 million deaths in children under the age of five in six months, which translates to approximately 6,000 deaths per day.
It appears in a Johns Hopkins Bloomberg public health report published in The Lancet Global Health and used by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to raise the alarm with a global campaign. Imagine and prevent the pandemic from becoming a long-term crisis for children around the world.
For example, the organization believes it “likely” that since mid-April more than 117 million children in 37 countries have stopped receiving measles vaccines due to the interruption of vaccination campaigns.
Using the worst of three assumptions in 118 low and middle income countries as a basis for mortality, UNICEF has warned that these additional deaths would add to the 2.5 million deaths of children under the age of five every six months. in these areas.