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UNICEF and the Global Nutrition Cluster, April 2020

Because children affected by wasting may be at higher risk of pneumonia related to COVID-19, this statement calls for their inclusion in the list of highly vulnerable groups. The authors caution that as countries develop COVID 19 response policies, strategies, and programs, it is critical that they do not underestimate the potential primary and secondary impact of COVID-19 on children. The statement suggests that countries intensify their efforts to prevent child wasting and sustain and adapt existing services for early detection and treatment of child wasting.