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Title: Pandemic will increase India's malnutrition burden, says Unicef
Date:7 July 2020

The covid-19 pandemic has disrupted optimal care for children, especially those who are malnourished, a Unicef report said. This may increase the overall severe and acute burden and massive disruptions in continuity of food availability and livelihood, said the report, titled Community based programme for children below 5 years of age with severe acute malnutrition in India Progress so far and lessons learned 2020. The report took into account the malnutrition programmes running in 12 states. States were using their funds to roll out such programmes in select areas even as they were awaiting guidelines from the ministry of women and child development on community-based management of children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM), it said.

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