UN appeals for funds to save 30m malnourished children in Nigeria, Afghanistan, others

Written by on January 13, 2023

The United Nations has launched an appeal for funds that will save up to 30 million children suffering from acute malnutrition in countries affected by the food crisis.

In a statement on Thursday, the UN said the decision is needed to come to the aid of “More than 30 million children in the 15 most seriously affected countries suffer from wasting – or acute malnutrition – and eight million of these children suffer from severe wasting, the most deadly form of undernutrition.”

According to African News, the 15 countries affected are Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan, Sudan South and Yemen.

It said skyrocketing food prices which are aggravating food shortages and preventing access to basic food at affordable prices are responsible for these defects.

Also, conflicts, climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic have worsened the situation, according to the UN agencies.

UN agencies are calling for increased investment to support their efforts to meet “the unprecedented needs arising from this deepening crisis before it is too late”.

The action plan will concern children under the age of 5, pregnant and breastfeeding women, and mothers and caregivers of children under the age of 5.

This crisis must be combated with “proven solutions to prevent, detect and treat child wasting at an early stage”, Ms Russell said.

Severely malnourished children have weakened immune systems and are at increased risk of dying from common childhood illnesses.


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