UNICEF: Urgent action needed to prevent child deaths from malnutrition in Central African Republic

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Picture-for-BlogfAccording to UNICEF, in the last two weeks, over 200,000 people in the capital Bangui alone have fled their homes, many of them children.

Before violence erupted in the capital on 5 December, almost 1,000 children were under treatment for severe acute malnutrition in the capital. Now, only eight out of 15 nutrition centres are operating in Bangui.

While over 400 children have now resumed treatment for severe acute malnutrition, UNICEF expects a significant rise in the number of admissions to nutrition centres in the coming weeks.

According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, about 1.3 million people, or more than 40 per cent of the country’s rural population, are now in need of urgent assistance – nearly double the estimated level in February 2013. Crop production has decreased sharply due to conflict, and food insecurity will have a serious impact on the nutrition status of children and women.

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