Covid-19 increases malnutrition risk for Cambodian children

Children aged under five in poor countries are most at risk as contagion takes its toll.

The first seven months of the Covid-19 pandemic have disrupted food security in Cambodia, resulting in higher prices in markets and raising fears of increased rates of wasting and malnutrition among children, according to a report published by UNICEF.

UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore said that in countries like Cambodia the socioeconomic impact of Covid-19 is disrupting food security, livelihoods and the economy.

“It’s been seven months since the first Covid-19 cases were reported and it is increasingly clear that the repercussions of the pandemic are causing more harm to children than the disease itself,” Fore said in a commentary for The Lancet.

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