As many as 10,000 more children are likely to die of malnutrition each month as a result of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) director general said on Wednesday.
Dr. Speaking at a conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, Tentos Ananom Gebregesous said he expected children suffering from malnutrition to increase by 14% as a result of the pandemic.
This equates to 6.7 million more malnourished children, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
“The pandemic has caused serious disruptions to essential services, vaccination, nursing services, child nutrition, family planning and more,” he said.
“We cannot accept a world where the rich have access to a healthy diet while the poor stay behind,” he said.