Covid-19 pandemic could increase child mortality in Cambodia by 35 per cent, report warns

Child and maternal mortality in Cambodia could increase by between 35 and 50 per cent over the next year as the Covid-19 pandemic threatens to disrupt the provision of essential services, according to a new report.

The findings from Global Financing Facility come as charities warn that the pandemic could reverse many of the gains made over the past decade in child and maternal survival, with Save the Children warning that the health and lives of “millions” of children are on the line.

In addition to the deaths directly attributed to Covid-19, the report warns that the pandemic poses a significant risk of “indirect” morbidity and mortality from preventable and treatable diseases if the provision of essential health services is disrupted.

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