DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18203/2320-6012.ijrms20210903

Epidemic of undernutrition during COVID-19 pandemic

Swayam Pragyan Parida, Vikas Bhatia, Prajna Paramita Giri, Binod K. Behera, G. Alekhya, Prajna Choudhary

Abstract


Undernutrition continues to be a major public health challenge for ages. Under-five age children are still at risk of undernutrition even though there exist many policies and programs at various levels. The lower–middle-income countries (LMIC) struggle hard to combat the undernutrition epidemic. The unprecedented advent of the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the existing undernutrition scenario. This article reviews the burden and impact of the COVID-19 on undernutrition among children. Necessary measures have to be taken to mitigate the crisis and thereby reduce the risks due to morbidity and mortality related to undernutrition. A manual search of relevant data has been taken from the website of the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, Ministry Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW), government of India. (GOI). A search of relevant publications was done through electronic databases such as PUBMED.


Keywords


Undernutrition, COVID-19, Food security

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