Malnutrition in Children, an imminent threat of Pakistan floods

Malnutrition is one of the major threats caused in the aftermath of floods, especially in children or other vulnerable elements of society such as pregnant women, those with special needs, and the elderly. Known as ‘severe acute malnutrition’ or ‘severe wastage’ in children, malnutrition is a looming threat but one that can be treatable with time.

According to UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) reports, this is one of the most lethal forms of malnutrition and is the central cause of death in every, 1 in 5 children affected by it. Severe wastage generally arises in cases where children are exposed to repeated bouts of disease and/or disaster such as flooding and the resultant spread of dengue/malaria, food poisoning, diarrhea, measles, et cetera. Moreover, approximately 13.6 million children under the age of 5 have been reported to be victims of severe wastage.

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UNICEF has argued that political conflicts, natural disasters, and climate change are fundamentally at the helm of severe acute malnutrition. In recent times, the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict, COVID-19 pandemic, and floods across Pakistan are some of the major contributing factors to the inevitable bout of severe wastage in pregnant women and children in flood-affected regions across the country.

If not controlled in time, malnutrition in children can even turn deadly, because even a common cold can leave the child weaker than usual. This is because malnutrition occurs when a child lacks the basic nutrition needed by his/her body to maintain good immunity against disease. UNICEF argued, “A severely wasted child is reduced to the most basic bodily functions. It takes all their energy just to keep breathing”.

Moreover, given the nature of low immunity, a child with malnutrition is 11 times more likely to die of common illnesses such as pneumonia, than a healthier child.

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Although a common indicator of malnutrition is being short for one’s age, other signs may include: having pale, dry skin; being easily bruised; thin hair; softer and easily breakable bones; increased sensitivity to light, and others, according to John Hopkins.

In a report titled “The Changing Face of Malnutrition: The state of the world’s children 2019” UNICEF has claimed that 1 in 3 children are not “growing well” because of malnutrition.

Meanwhile, “Factors affecting malnutrition in children and the uptake of interventions to prevent the condition” published in the National Library of Medicine argues that factors such as low birth weight, feeding problems, diarrhea, and recurrent illness including measles, pertussis, chronic disease heighten the risk of malnutrition in children. According to Tette et al. in the 1990s malnutrition was associated with young mothers affected by low maternal socioeconomic status. However, in recent years, UNICEF has highlighted that the main cause of malnutrition is based on factors namely: household food insecurity, inadequate care, unhealthy household environment, and lack of health care services.

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Back in 2010, when floods hit Pakistan, malnutrition was on the rise. At the time, Save the Children’s emergency health adviser Ribka Amsalu said, “We know that breastfeeding saves lives and is fundamental to child health, particularly in a crisis such as this. Yet assessments show that about half of nursing mothers have reduced breastfeeding and approximately 15 percent have stopped breastfeeding since the floods”.

Amsalu elaborated that with many families displaced and lacking access to sufficient food, the imminent danger was the nutritional crisis which children under the age of 2 “are most vulnerable”.

Likewise, the recent floods have impacted approximately 16 million children, of which 3.4 million are in need of immediate lifesaving assistance because diseases like malaria/dengue, and other stomach-related problems are on the rise, according to UNICEF reports.
It is estimated that 500 children have lost their lives with many more children in danger of losing theirs if immediate care is not provided.

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According to UNICEF, “Girls and boys in Pakistan are paying the price for a climate disaster not of their making. As we respond to their urgent needs today, we must also begin looking at the months ahead and the need to rebuild the lives of these millions of vulnerable boys and girls – to ensure they are safe, healthy, well nourished, learning and preparing for their futures.”

Thereby, it is essential that the government of Pakistan work in tandem with human rights organizations such as Eisaar Trust, Alkhidmat Foundation, and others to ensure that families displaced by the floods, especially the vulnerable including women and children are not only provided essential nutrients but also rehabilitated as soon as possible. Additionally, the relief packages donated by the international community should be properly utilized and given first to the most vulnerable and then to the others affected by the deadly floods.

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