Due to the corona pandemic, 10,000 more children per month could die from malnutrition this year.
That said the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday at the Food and Agriculture conference of the United Nations.
The WHO expects the number of malnourished children to increase by 14 percent this year. This means that 6.7 million more children will be starving, especially in the part of Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.
“The pandemic has severely disrupted essential services, vaccinations, maternal and child care, child nutrition and family planning,” said Tedros.
“We cannot accept a world where the rich have access to a healthy diet, while the poor are left behind.”
According to the WHO, malnutrition is the cause of nearly half of all infant deaths. Some 47 million children under the age of five in the world are too thin for their height.