W(E)HO | World (Equal) Health Organization
Emergency Bulletin | Feb 2nd 2020
W(E)HO [World (Equal) Health Organization] announces global health emergency: malnutrition
Over 6 million deaths of adolescents and children occur annually. "Over one third of all child deaths are linked to malnutrition."
While acknowledging the seriousness of zootopic viral pandemics such as nCoV, the W(E)HO
feels it is also appropriate to deal with the ongoing preventable deaths of million. Therefore, the W(E)HO today announced that they have declared another health emergency:
solving preventable deaths.
- In 2018 an estimated 6.2 million children and adolescents under the age of 15 years died, mostly from preventable causes. Of these deaths, 5.3 million occurred in the first 5 years, with almost half of these in the first month of life.
- Leading causes of death in children under-5 years are preterm birth complications, pneumonia, birth asphyxia, congenital anomalies, diarrhoea and malaria. Nearly half of these deaths are in newborns.
- More than half of these early child deaths are preventable or can be treated with simple, affordable interventions including immunization, adequate nutrition, safe water and food and appropriate care by a trained health provider when needed.
- Children in sub-Saharan Africa are more than 15 times more likely to die before the age of 5 than children in high income countries.