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‘Children prone to malnutrition’

Monday, May 25th, 2015
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Thousands of children in the earthquake-affected districts are among the malnutrition vulnerable group and require urgent humanitarian support, said UNICEF.

On Monday, one month after the devastating 25 April earthquake, UNICEF said an estimated 70,000 children under the age of five are at risk for malnutrition and at least 15,000 of them need therapeutic foods like nutrient-rich peanut paste to combat severe acute malnutrition. Some 55,000 children with moderate acute malnutrition require supplementary feeding and extra care to bring them back to a healthy weight and development of growth, said UNICEF.

UNICEF’s representative in Nepal, Tomoo Hozumi, says the situation of malnutrition has worsened following the earthquake and there is a need for urgent action.

“Before the earthquake, more than one in every 10 children was suffering from acute malnutrition,” said Hozumi. “The situation could deteriorate in the wake of this disaster and undo the gains in nutrition that this country has achieved in the past few years.”

UNICEF said it is working with its partners to provide urgent feeding and care to protect the lives of these children and to build resistance against diseases, especially water-borne ones, during the upcoming monsoon season.

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