Impacts of COVID-19 on childhood malnutrition and nutrition-related mortality

Derek Headey, Rebecca Heidkamp, Saskia Osendarp, Marie Ruel, Nick Scott, Robert Black, et al. - The Lancet

"The unprecedented global social and economic crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic poses grave risks to the nutritional status and survival of young children in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs)," says this comment piece from the Lancet. "Of particular concern is an expected increase in child malnutrition, including wasting, due to steep declines in household incomes, changes in the availability and affordability of nutritious foods, and interruptions to health, nutrition, and social protection services."

The authors explore their initial analyses and estimates regarding the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on children's nutrition and note that "projections emphasise the crucial need for the actions to protect child nutrition that are urged by the UN leaders in the accompanying Comment."