Malnutrition increases by up to 25% in pregnant women

According to a recent report by the United Nations (UN), malnutrition among pregnant women in several countries in Africa and Asia has increased to 25%, while most of the affected women are teenage girls.

According to the Associated Press ( AP ) news agency, the latest report released by the United Nations maternal and child health subsidiary UNICEF states that 10 in Africa and one in the Middle East and South Asia. Pregnant women in 12 countries, including the country, are suffering from severe malnutrition.

The report stated that not only pregnant women, but also mothers who breastfeed thousands of children are suffering from severe malnutrition and the number of children worldwide who look younger than their age, weak and sick has increased from 50 million. It is over.

The report stated that a UNICEF survey conducted in Burkina Faso, Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Yemen and Afghanistan showed that malnutrition among pregnant women in the mentioned countries is dangerous. has done, due to which the countries mentioned above have seen a record increase in pre-natal, intra-uterine and post-natal deaths.

According to the report, by 2020, the number of women suffering from food shortages in the above-mentioned countries will reach 50.5 million, which has now increased to 70 million and the situation has become serious in all the above-mentioned countries.

The report emphasizes the provision of vegetables including flour, rice and cooking oil to pregnant and lactating women in all the countries mentioned, as women in many countries do not have access to even essential nutrients.

The report described South Asian countries, including Africa, as the center of malnutrition for pregnant and lactating women, and said that in most countries of these regions, not only older but also teenage pregnant girls are severely malnourished.

According to the report, due to lack of food in mothers, children become victims of various diseases inside the mother’s stomach and their chances of being born with other diseases including low weight, short height increase.

The world body released its report on the occasion of International Women’s Day, to highlight women’s issues.

Health – Dawn News



4th Professional Medical Student. Karachi Medical and Dental College.

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