Due to the severe impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the nutrition of the population in sub-Saharan Africa, 67,000 children are at risk of starvation before the end of the year, around 426 a day unless action is taken to avoid this, Save the Children has on the Warned based on study published by The Lancet.
The NGO has highlighted that food insecurity has been exacerbated in various parts of the continent by floods, locust infestations and the rise in food prices in recent months, to which the pandemic has crippled the economy and destroyed the livelihoods of thousands of homes.
According to initial estimates, the pandemic is expected to increase poverty in sub-Saharan Africa by 23 percent and by 2030 the number of undernourished people on the continent will reach 433 million.
In a food insecurity situation like the current one, according to Save the Children, children are at high risk of acute malnutrition. Even before the coronavirus, there were more than 26 million children in eastern and southern Africa, with 2.6 million children suffering from severe acute malnutrition, the deadliest form of malnutrition.