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Severe wasting – An overlooked child survival emergency

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UNICEF UNICEF 2022-05-16
UNICEF Child Alert Report on severe wasting among children under 5 years, highlighting the global scope and impact of child wasting, timely and feasible investments, and the impact of conflict (incl. war in Ukraine) and climate shocks and the ongoing ...

Ethiopian drought leading to ‘dramatic’ increase in child marriage, Unicef warns

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The Guardian Davies, L. 2022-4-30
Article on increases of early marriage across the Horn of Africa where drought, hunger, and children out of school drive ‘desperate’ parents to push more girls into early marriage.

Act now before Ukraine war plunges millions into malnutrition

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Nature Osendarp, S., Verburg, G., Bhutta, Z., Black, R. E., De Pee, S., Fabrizio, C., Headey, D., Heidkamp, R., Laborde, D., Ruel, M. T. 2022-4-21
Article on the impact of the Ukraine war on global malnutrition, laying out the elements contributing to this worldwide nutrition crisis including the disproportionate effects on women and children. It puts forward five urgent actions to be taken by governments, ...

Economic shocks predict increases in child wasting prevalence

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Nature Communications Headey, D. D., Ruel, M. T. 2022-04-20
Article on the impact of severe negative economic shock on child acute malnutrition (wasting), a major risk factor for under-5 mortality. In low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) macroeconomic volatility is common, and severe negative economic shocks can substantially increase poverty ...

Analysis of stunting factors in children aged 24-59 months during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Jurnal Keperawatan Soedirman Ezalina, E., Hasanah, U., Malfasari, E. 2022-4-14
Article investigating factors that influence stunting among 145 young children aged 24-59 months during the COVD-19 pandemic in Indonesia (Tampan District, Pekanbaru City, Riau Province). The study used a cross-sectional design and data were obtained through height tests, interviews, and ...

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Act now before Ukraine war plunges millions into malnutrition

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2022-4-21
Article on the impact of the Ukraine war on global malnutrition, laying out the elements contributing to this worldwide nutrition crisis including the disproportionate effects on women and children. It puts forward five urgent actions to be taken by governments, donors, and others to protect current and future generations from the devastating effects of malnutrition as well as to prevent acute food insecurity. View Source

Economic shocks predict increases in child wasting prevalence

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2022-04-20
Article on the impact of severe negative economic shock on child acute malnutrition (wasting), a major risk factor for under-5 mortality. In low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) macroeconomic volatility is common, and severe negative economic shocks can substantially increase poverty and food insecurity. Less well understood are the implications of these contractions for child wasting. This study explores the nutritional impacts of economic growth shocks over 1990–2018 by linking wasting outcomes collected for 1.256 million children from 52 countries to lagged annual changes in economic growth. Estimates suggest that a 10% annual decline in national income increases moderate/severe wasting prevalence by 14.4–17.8%. An exploration of possible mechanisms suggests negative economic shocks may increase risks of inadequate dietary diversity among children. Applying these results to the latest economic growth estimates for 2020 suggests that COVID-19 could put an additional 9.4 million preschoolers at risk of wasting, net of the effects of preventative policy actions. View Source

Direct and indirect effects of COVID-19 pandemic and response in South Asia – Full report and 4-page summary report

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2021-3-17
Report on the direct and indirect major and multiple impacs of the COVID-19 pandemic in South Asia. It uses a series of exercises based on actual observed changes in services and intervention coverage to model impacts on mortality, hospitalizations, and ICU admissions due to COVID-19. It also models the impact of nationwide stay-at-home orders to curb the spread of COVID-19 on maternal and child mortality, educational attainment of children, and the region’s economy. The study focuses on South Asia’s six most populous countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and makes the case for interventions and strategies to minimise these indirect consequences. One of the critical indirect impacts has been severe disruptions to the delivery and use of routine services, including essential health and nutrition services. The region saw significant drops in the use of both preventive and curative services. View Source