Prior to the G7 Summit, UNICEF requests USD 1.2 billion in funding to combat fatal child malnutrition.

UNICEF is seeking USD 1.2 billion to help prevent and treat severe hunger, a lethal form of child hunger . Nearly 8 million children under the age of 5 in 15 disaster-stricken countries are at risk of death as a result of severe hunger .

In its press release, the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) is seeking USD 1.2 billion to help prevent and treat severe hunger, a lethal form of child hunger, according to the Fund.According to UNICEF, nearly 8 million children under the age of 5 in 15 disaster-stricken countries are at risk of death as a result of severe hunger, with the number increasing by the minute.UNICEF said that the funds are needed to fund essential nutrition services and services to prevent millions of child deaths in 15 of the world's most vulnerable countries, which includes: prevention services to safeguard maternal and child health among pregnant women and young children, early detection and treatment services for children with severe wasting, as well as the provision and distribution of ready-to-use therapeutic food.The Fund also stated that the funds are needed to prioritize the prevention and treatment of severe hunger in all global food crisis response strategies by ensuring that budget allocations include preventative nutrition services as well as therapeutic food to meet the immediate needs of children suffering from extreme hunger, according to UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell.

Since the start of the year, the global food crisis has caused an additional 260,000 children to die, or about one child every 60 seconds, in 15 countries that have been the subject of the worst drought, including in the Horn of Africa and the Central Sahel.This rise in severe wasting is in addition to the high rate of child undernutrition that UNICEF warned was like a virtual tinderbox last month.Russell said, We are now seeing the tinderbox of conditions for extreme rates of child wasting catch fire, adding that food assistance is vital, but we cannot spare starving children with wheat bags.We must reach these children now with therapeutic care before it is too late.

Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Nigeria, Sudan, and Yemen will be included in an acceleration initiative to help prevent a spike in child deaths and mitigate the long-term consequences of severe hunger.Long-term hunger is the most visible and lethal form of hunger.According to UNICEF, at least 40 million children under the age of five are ineligible for the minimum nutritious diet they need to thrive and develop in early childhood.In addition, 21 million children are extremely food insecure, meaning that they do not have enough food to satisfy their basic nutritional needs, putting them at a significant risk of severe wasting.In recent weeks, the price of ready-to-use therapeutic foods for treating severe wasting has increased by 16%, leaving up to 600,000 children without access to life-saving services and at risk of death.