Sudan/ The UN gives the alarm for thousands of child deaths

2023-09-19 17:43:00, Kosova & Bota CNA

Sudan/ The UN gives the alarm for thousands of child deaths

More than 1,200 children have died from malnutrition and diseases such as measles in refugee camps housing people displaced by the ongoing conflict in Sudan, the UN said on Tuesday.

The figure refers to children under the age of five who had been living in camps in White Nile state, south of Khartoum, who had died since May. This was announced by Allen Maina, head of public health at the UN refugee agency UNHCR at a conference in Geneva.

"Unfortunately, we fear the numbers will continue to rise," Maina said.

The conflict that erupted nearly six months ago between Sudanese government forces and the paramilitary Rapid Support Force has brought the country's health care system to its knees.

Health facilities have come under direct attack and health care professionals are in dire shortage, according to the UN.

This comes on top of difficulties in gaining access to basic necessities such as food. According to the WHO, 3.4 million infants and young children are severely malnourished in Sudan.

The UN children's agency UNICEF said that of the 330,000 babies expected by the end of the year, "many thousands of newborns" would die.

"They and their mothers need skilled care during childbirth. However, in a country where millions are either trapped in war zones or displaced, and where there are severe shortages of medical supplies, such care is becoming more less likely every day," UNICEF spokesperson James. The elder said the same conference in Geneva./ CNA

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