According to the UN Children’s Agency, the cost of rescue treatment for children with the most severe malnutrition will jump by 16% due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the pandemic.

Raw ingredients of ready-to-eat therapeutic food have jumped in price amid the global food crisis caused by the war and pandemic, UNICEF said.

Without additional funding over the next six months, another 600,000 children may miss the necessary treatment, which is an energy-consuming paste of ingredients including peanuts, butter, sugar and nutrients.

UNICEF did not specify how much to increase costs will be needed to maintain the program.

It says that a package of specialty foods containing 150 packets, which is enough for 6-8 weeks to restore the health of a child with severe malnutrition, costs an average of about $ 41.

Along with greater pressure on food security, including climate change, rising prices could lead to “catastrophic” levels of severe malnutrition, the children’s agency said in a statement.

“The world is fast becoming a virtual hotbed of preventable child deaths and children suffering from spending,” said UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell.

Severe depletion, when children are too thin for their growth, affects 13.6 million children under the age of 5 and results in 1 in 5 deaths in this age group.

Even before the war and the 2-in-3 pandemic, they did not have access to the medical food needed to save their lives, UNICEF said.

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