UNICEF / G7 SUMMIT MALNUTRITION

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Almost 8 million children under 5 in 15 crisis-hit countries are at risk of death from severe wasting unless they receive immediate therapeutic food and care – with the number rising by the minute, UNICEF warned today as world leaders prepare to meet at the G7 summit. UNICEF

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STORY: UNICEF / G7 SUMMIT MALNUTRITION
TRT: 02:04
SOURCE: UNICEF
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LANGUAGE: NATS
DATELINE: 12 JUNE 2022, HORN OF AFRICA, ETHIOPIA

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1. Wide shot, mother and children standing in village
2. Med shot, woman with baby on back
3. Close up, baby with arm being measured
4. Close up, arm measuring tape being pulled
5. Close up, mother’s face, looking down
6. Close up, baby eating nutrition pack
7. Med shot, mother giving baby drink with cup
8. Close up, mother’s face, looking down
9. Med shot, infant in mother’s arms, sitting on floor
10. Close up, mother stroking baby’s feet
11. Close up, from above, looking down on mother looking at baby
12. Close up, arid earth
13. Close up, struggling crop in arid earth, mother and baby in background
14. Wide shot, mother and babies walking in displacement camp
15. Close up, baby sucking on hand
16. Close up, baby staring
17. Close up, baby in arms, staring
18. Med shot, nurse measuring toddler’s arm
19. Wide shot, mothers and babies in UNICEF hospital room
20. Med shot, mother on hospital bed feeding baby
21. Med shot, nurse measuring toddler’s arm
22. Med shot, nurse measuring toddler’s arm
23. Close up, measurement reading on baby’s arm
24. Med shot, nurse measuring toddler’s arm
25. Close up, young kid staring in the distance
26. Med shot, row of parents and kids
27. Med shot, mom holding baby
28. Med shot, doctor feeling baby’s stomach
29. Med shot, young girl exhausted on bed
30. Med shot, baby eats nutrition pack
31. Med shot, baby being held in arms
32. Close up, baby, flustered, in father’s arms
33. Close up, doctor with stethoscope on baby’s back
34. Close up, baby girl in mother’s arms
35. Close up, grabbing formula can from shelf
36. Close up, measuring formula
37. Wide shot, workers taking UNICEF boxes from car
38. Med shot, UNICEF flag on tree
39. Wide shot, volunteers handing out supplies
40. Wide shot, volunteer tent in desert
41. Wide shot, mothers with children, waiting
42. Med shot, mother with nurse and baby’s
43. Close up, baby eating nutrition pack
44. Close up, mother smiling
45. Wide shot, UNICEF volunteer handing out supplies
46. Wide shot, makeshift UNICEF tent in desert
47. Med shot, baby eating nutrition pack
48. Med shot, OTS of baby looking at mother
49. Med shot, mother feeding toddler formula
50. Med shot, baby eating from nutrition pack
51. Wide shot, nurse feeding baby
52. Med shot, UNICEF volunteer holding baby

STORYLINE:
Almost 8 million children under 5 in 15 crisis-hit countries are at risk of death from severe wasting unless they receive immediate therapeutic food and care – with the number rising by the minute, UNICEF warned today as world leaders prepare to meet at the G7 summit.

Since the start of the year, the escalating global food crisis has forced an additional 260,000 children – or one child every 60 seconds – to suffer from severe wasting in 15 countries bearing the brunt of the crisis, including in the Horn of Africa and the Central Sahel.

This rise in severe wasting is in addition to existing levels of child undernutrition that UNICEF warned amounted to a ‘virtual tinderbox’ last month.

“We are now seeing the tinderbox of conditions for extreme levels of child wasting begin to catch fire,” said UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell.

“Food aid is critical, but we cannot save starving children with bags of wheat. We must now reach these children with therapeutic treatment before it is too late.”

Soaring food prices driven by the war in Ukraine, persistent drought due to climate change in some countries, at times combined with conflict, and the ongoing economic impact of COVID-19 continue to drive up children’s food and nutrition insecurity worldwide, resulting in catastrophic levels of severe malnutrition in children under 5. In response, UNICEF is scaling up its efforts in the 15 most-affected countries.

Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Yemen will be included in an acceleration plan to help avert an explosion of child deaths and mitigate the long-term damage of severe wasting.

Severe wasting – where children are too thin for their height – is the most visible and lethal form of undernutrition.

Weakened immune systems increase the risk of death among children under five by up to 11 times compared to well-nourished children.

In the 15 countries, UNICEF estimates that at least 40 million children are severely nutrition insecure, meaning they are not receiving the bare minimum diverse diet they need to grow and develop early childhood.

Further, 21 million children are severely food insecure, meaning they lack access to enough food to meet minimum food needs, leaving them at high risk of severe wasting.

Meanwhile, the price of ready-to-use therapeutic food to treat severe wasting has soared by 16 percent in recent weeks due to a sharp rise in the cost of raw ingredients, leaving up to 600,000 additional children without access to life-saving treatment and at risk of death.

As leaders prepare to meet at the G7 summit, UNICEF is calling for US$ 1.2 billion to:

• Deliver an essential package of nutrition services and care to avert what could be millions of child deaths in 15 highest-burden countries, including prevention programmes to protect maternal and child nutrition among pregnant women and young children, early detection and treatment programmes for children with severe wasting, and the procurement, and distribution of ready-to-use therapeutic food.

• Prioritize the prevention and treatment of severe wasting in all global food crisis response plans by ensuring budget allocations include preventive nutrition interventions and therapeutic food to address the immediate needs of children suffering from severe wasting.

“It is hard to describe what it means for a child to be ‘severely wasted,’ but when you meet a child who is suffering from this most lethal form of malnutrition, you understand – and you never forget,” said Russell.

“World leaders gathering in Germany for the G7 Ministerial have a small window of opportunity to act to save these children’s lives. There is no time to waste. Waiting for famine to be declared is waiting for children to die.”

The rate of increase in child wasting is based on publicly available estimates for January and June 2022 as found in National Nutrition Cluster estimates (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, and DRC), Integrated Phase Classification Acute Malnutrition Analyses (Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen, Madagascar, and Haiti), Humanitarian Appeals for Children (Ethiopia, Afghanistan), and Humanitarian Needs Overviews (Sudan).

The total number of children projected to suffer from severe wasting in January and June 2022 was estimated to be 7,674,098 and 7,934,357, respectively, an increase of 260,259 additional children.

As a result of the global food crisis, UNICEF also estimates that the cost of treatment for child wasting has already increased by an estimated 16 percent, driven largely by increases in the price of essential nutrition commodities and their raw materials.
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