Letter: Better nutrition helps fight preventable childhood deaths | Letters to the editor

The article “25 million kids missed routine vaccinations because of COVID” (July 15) sounds a determined international alarm. Childhood vaccinations, frequent for us right here in Missouri, are a certain approach to save lives. Impoverished kids all over the world want an opportunity at a wholesome life, which incorporates not solely vaccines however correct diet.

Before the pandemic, little one malnutrition was an underlying reason behind almost half of all preventable deaths of youngsters below age 5. The coronavirus made it worse. The United Nations Children’s Fund estimates that 22% of the world’s kids below 5 at the moment are stunted as a consequence of malnutrition. Proper diet is important to forestall stunting and preventable little one deaths.

The Global Malnutrition Prevention and Treatment Act units clear targets for reaching essentially the most impoverished kids and households. The House has authorised the invoice, and I hope the Senate follows swimsuit.

Cynthia Changyit Levin • Town and Country


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