Unicef: 6,000 children could die every day from the impact of the coronavirus | Global development


Up to 6,000 children worldwide could die from preventable causes every day in the next six months due to the impact of coronavirus on routine health services, the UN warned.

Global disruption of essential maternal and child health interventions – such as family planning, childbirth and postnatal care, childbirth and vaccinations – could cause an additional 1.2 million deaths in children under five in just six months, according to an analysis by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, published in the Lancet Global Health Journal.

This projected figure adds to the 2.5 million children who die worldwide every six months before their fifth birthday, and threatens to reverse nearly a decade of progress in tackling preventable child deaths said the United Nations children’s agency, UNICEF, on Wednesday.

“This pandemic has far-reaching consequences for all of us, but it is undoubtedly the biggest and most urgent global crisis that children have experienced since the Second World War,” said UNICEF Executive Director. UK Sacha. Deshmukh.


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