Thousands of more underage children could die because of Covid

The head of the World Health Organization warned on Wednesday that an additional 10,000 children could die of malnutrition every month this year due to the Covid 19 crisis.

 

Thousands of more underage children could die because of Covid

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a US Food and Agriculture (FAO) conference that the epidemic caused severe malnutrition in children this year - or 6.7 million more people - mostly in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. An increase of 14% is expected.

 

"We cannot accept a world where the rich have access to healthy food while the poor are left behind ... the rich can afford to stay at home, the poor must go out to work," he said. "

 

The WHO Director-General added that in the wake of the economic devastation of the epidemic, governments have called on the private sector and civil society to support sustainable food systems and eliminate subsidies for unhealthy food manufacturers. Should work together.

 

"If countries expand their childhood feeding programs, reduce the marketing of unhealthy foods, and use fiscal policies, consumers can choose better foods," he said.

 

"Life reminds us that life is fragile, health is precious, and healthy food is not just for the rich, it's a human right," he said.

 

"The epidemic has severely disrupted essential services, immunizations, maternity services, child nutrition, family planning and more."'

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