Choosing food or fuel?
Logeswary, a 40-year-old mother from a village in northern Sri Lanka is extremely worried about how she can continue to put food on the table to feed her four children. The family depends on her husband’s meager income from his job as a part-time grass cutter at a nearby farm.
Their two-year-old daughter, Krishanthi, is suffering from severe acute malnutrition, and their 9-month-old baby Debora, is also at risk of malnutrition. Little Krishanthi does not have access to much-needed therapeutic food which could help improve her condition.
According to public health staff about 20 per cent of children from the same village are malnourished, many suffering from severe acute malnutrition. Even prior to the current crisis, one in four children were stunted.
The situation is only expected to get worse for families like Logeswary’s. Currently, 70 per cent of households are reporting reduced food consumption.
The fuel crisis and frequent power cuts are also hindering vital services for children, including health care and education.
“Without urgent action, the situation
will only get worse, with far reaching
consequences for children.”
- Christian Skoog, UNICEF Representative to Sri Lanka
UNICEF is working to ensure children with severe acute malnutrition have access to treatments, such as ready-to-use therapeutic food.
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