Undernutrition in mothers rising sharply, Unicef says

THE number of pregnant women and nursing mothers suffering from undernutrition has risen by 25% since 2020 in 12 countries at the epicentre of the world food crisis, the UN children’s agency warned yesterday, stressing the impact it is having on children’s health.

The Unicef report, based on data analysis of women in nearly every country in the world, estimates that more than one billion women and adolescent girls suffer from undernutrition – which leaves them underweight and of short stature – and from a deficiency in essential micronutrients as well as from anaemia.