Unicef says 700,000 children in Sudan at risk of worst form of malnutrition

Feb 9, 2024



Geneva: UNICEF Said on Friday that 7,00,000 children Sudan was likely to suffer from worst form Of malnutrition This year, thousands of people may die.
Sudan's 10-month war between its armed forces and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) has devastated the country's infrastructure, sparked warnings of famine and displaced millions inside and outside the country.
“The results of the last 300 days mean that more than 700,000 children are likely to suffer from the most deadly form of malnutrition this year,” UNICEF spokesman James Elder told a news conference in Geneva.
“UNICEF will not be able to treat more than 300,000 people without better access and additional support. In that case, thousands are likely to die.”
Elder defined the most dangerous form of malnutrition as severe acute malnutrition, which makes a child by age 10 more likely to die from diseases such as cholera and malaria. He said that 35 lakh children are estimated to be victims of severe malnutrition.
UNICEF provides Sudan with “ready-to-use therapeutic food”, or RUTF, a life-saving food item that treats severe weakness in children under five years of age.
UNICEF is appealing for $840 million this year to help more than 7.5 million children in Sudan, but Elder lamented the lack of money collected in previous appeals.
“Despite the magnitude of the needs, last year nearly three-quarters of children in Sudan were not getting the funding they sought from UNICEF,” Elder said.
The United Nations on Wednesday urged countries not to forget civilians trapped by the war in Sudan, appealing for $4.1 billion to meet their humanitarian needs and support those who have fled to neighboring countries.
According to the United Nations, half of Sudan's population – about 25 million people – is in need of humanitarian assistance and protection, while more than 1.5 million have fled to the Central African Republic, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia and South Sudan.



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