10,000 more children a month could die of malnutrition due to COVID impact - WHO

LONDON, Oct 14 (Reuters) - The director general of the World Health Organisation said on Wednesday an additional 10,000 children a month could die this year from malnutrition as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, speaking at a U.N Food and Agriculture (FAO) conference, said he expected a 14% increase this year in children suffering from malnutrition as a result of the pandemic.

This equates to 6.7 million more malnourished children, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia.

“The pandemic has caused serious disruptions to essential services, immunisation, maternal services, child nutrition, family planning and more,” he said.

“We can not accept a world where the rich have access to healthy diets while the poor are left behind,” he added. (Reporting by Maytaal Angel; Editing by Alex Richardson)