No Time to Waste

UNICEF's Acceleration Plan 2022-2023

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As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and conflict, the world is currently experiencing an unprecedented food and nutrition crisis. The 15 countries worst affected by the crisis account for 8 million children with severe wasting and 27 million children living in severe food insecurity. Further, in these 15 countries an estimated 40 million children live in severe food poverty, being fed diets that include only one or two food groups, as opposed to the five food groups that are recommended for minimum dietary diversity in early childhood.

To respond to this crisis, UNICEF is pleased to launch No Time To Waste: early prevention, detection and treatment of child wasting in the most vulnerable countries to the global food and nutrition crisis. This plan aims to accelerate UNICEF’s response to support women and children across the 15 worst affected countries. To achieve the plan’s overarching goal of averting child deaths from wasting, UNICEF aims to reach 12.2 million children and 9.3 million women with essential services to prevent undernutrition, 4.5 million children with actions to detect and treat wasting and 1.8 million children and women with social protection/cash assistance to improve access to nutritious diets and services.

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