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The COVID-19 crisis will exacerbate maternal and child undernutrition and child mortality in low- and middle-income countries

Nature Osendarp, S., Akuoku, J. S., Black, R. E., Headey, D., Ruel, M., Scott, N., Shekar, M., Walker, N., Flory, A., Haddad, L., Laborde, D., Stegmuller, A., Thomas, M., Heidkamp, R. 2021-07-19
Article on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on maternal and child undernutrition in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The economic crisis and food and health system disruptions related to the COVID-19 pandemic threaten to exacerbate undernutrition in LMICs. Pessimistic, moderate, and optimistic scenarios for 2020–2022 were developed and three modeling tools (MIRAGRODEP, the Lives Saved Tool, and Optima Nutrition) were used to estimate the impacts of pandemic-induced disruptions on child stunting, wasting and mortality, maternal anemia, and children born to women with a low body mass index (BMI) in 118 LMICs. The cost was estimated for six nutrition interventions to mitigate excess stunting and child mortality due to the pandemic and to maximize alive and non-stunted children, and the human capital approach was used to estimate future productivity losses.
  • COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Economic
  • Food Insecurity
  • Health
  • Nutrition
  • Other Crises
  • Social Support and Protection
  • Women and/or Girls
  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Global
  • South Asia
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • West Africa
  • a. Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs)
  • Adult women
  • Adults (men and/or women 19+ years old)
  • Children (boys and/or girls 1-10 years old)
  • Mothers
  • Pregnant Women and/or Girls
  • Women (adults and/or adolescents)
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  • Policy
  • Research
  • Article
  • Scientific Publication/Journal article

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