Opinion piece: school reopening are an opportunity to improve nutrition for children

A joint opinion piece by Claire Conan, World Food Program Representative and Foroogh Foyouzat. UNICEF Representative.

14 December 2020
Wasting, a form of malnutrition characterised by thinness, affects an estimated 49.5 million wasted worldwide.  In Cambodia, an estimated 170,000 children suffer from wasting each year.  UNICEF is sponsoring a nutritional program to combat wasting across Cambodia.
UNICEF Cambodia/2020/Charlie Garrett
Wasting, a form of malnutrition characterised by thinness, affects an estimated 49.5 million wasted worldwide. In Cambodia, an estimated 170,000 children suffer from wasting each year. UNICEF is sponsoring a nutritional program to combat wasting across Cambodia.

15th October was World Food Day, and this year in particular we should reflect deeply on its significance. While it is widely known that Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on health, income and employment, the impact on children’s nutrition is less well known. That impact is deep, as families under financial pressure often struggle to feed their children well.

In this opinion piece the authors explore how the COVID-19 crisis could present a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reimagine and improve education, while simultaneously strengthening nutrition within the school gates. Please click to read the full article.

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