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Coronavirus could leave 10 million more children one step away from hunger

May 20, 2020

Another 10 million children worldwide may experience acute malnutrition this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, making them only one step away from hunger, according to the latest estimates from the World Food Program (WFP). ).

The UN agency claims that the most serious form of child malnutrition due to the coronavirus could increase by 20 percent, among other things, due to the effects on the most vulnerable families who depend on daily work or on referrals .

In addition, the restrictions and restrictions on the movements imposed in many countries to curb the spread have a major impact on livelihoods, exacerbate existing threats such as conflicts and fragile health systems, and in some cases increase prices. This makes it difficult for the weakest to eat a nutritious diet.

Coronavirus could leave 10 million more children one step away from hunger
Coronavirus could leave 10 million more children one step away from hunger

With this in mind, Lauren Landis, WFP nutrition director, warned: “If we don’t act now, we will suffer devastating loss of life, health and productivity in future generations.” “Proper nutrition will now decide whether the effects of COVID-19 on children will last for months, years, or even decades,” he said in a statement.