Source: Indian express
The UNICEF cautioned on Tuesday, due to the financial effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, an addition of 6.7 million kids younger than five-years-old over the world could experience the ill effects of wasting and become perilously undernourished in 2020. As indicated by the UNICEF, in India, there are still around 20 million kids under the age of five who are experiencing wasting.
The Global Hunger Index 2019 shows that wasting among children in India rose from 16.5 per cent in 2008-2012 to 20.8 per cent in 2014-2018. Wasting is a dangerous type of lack of healthy sustenance, which makes kids excessively thin and weak, and puts them at a serious danger of dying, inadequate growth, development, and learning.
The UNICEF notifies that 47 million children were already wasted in 2019, even before the COVID-19 Pandemic. The UN Children's Agency said that the worldwide number of kids suffering from wasting could nearly become 54 million through the span of a year. This would lead worldwide wasting to levels not seen in a thousand years. UNICEF Official Executive Henrietta Front said, "Essential nutrition services and supply chains have been disrupted. As a result, the quality of children’s diets has gone down and malnutrition rates will go up.”