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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Acute malnutrition amongst pregnant girls and breastfeeding moms has elevated by 25% up to now two years in 12 international locations onerous hit by rising meals costs fueled by the combating in Ukraine, in accordance with a brand new United Nations report.

Surveys in 10 international locations in Africa and two within the Center East which are worst affected by the meals disaster have been utilized in a UNICEF report, launched Tuesday, a day earlier than Worldwide Girls’s Day.

Poor diet in pregnant and breastfeeding girls can result in weak immunity and problems throughout being pregnant and delivery. Some international locations in sub-Saharan Africa have in earlier research recorded excessive toddler mortality charges attributable to numerous problems.

Globally, 51 million youngsters below two years outdated are too brief for his or her age attributable to malnutrition, a situation known as stunting, and half of those change into stunted throughout being pregnant or inside their first six months of life, the report states.

“With out pressing motion from the worldwide neighborhood, the implications might final for generations to come back,” UNICEF Government Director Catherine Russell mentioned.

The affected women and girls have elevated from 5.5 million in 2020 to six.9 million in 2022 in Burkina Faso, Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Yemen and Afghanistan, in accordance with the report.

UNICEF recommends elevated diet help and supplying fortifications to extremely consumed fundamental meals equivalent to flour, cooking oil and salt to scale back micronutrient deficiencies.

Guaranteeing that pregnant and breastfeeding moms have entry to diet companies and dietary supplements has additionally been beneficial within the report.

A few of the international locations in sub-Saharan Africa have excessive charges of teenage pregnancies and low attendance at prenatal clinics.

Religion Kanini, 28, who lives in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, advised The Related Press she can’t afford to attend the prenatal clinics though it is strongly recommended.

“I pay money for the few clinics I’ve attended. It’s costly for me and I can’t pay the NHIF (state well being) insurance coverage month-to-month premiums as a result of I’m unemployed and I depend on family and friends,” the first-time mother-to-be mentioned in a telephone interview.

Girls in poor households are twice as more likely to be underweight as these from the wealthiest households, in accordance with the UNICEF report.

“South Asia and sub-Saharan African stay the epicenter of the diet disaster amongst adolescent women and girls, residence to 2 in three adolescent women and girls affected by underweight globally, and three in 5 adolescent women and girls with anemia,” the report provides.

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