UN report: Around 1.9 million children suffer hunger crisis in Haiti

According to the report of the United Nations organisation, the number of people in need of urgent food aid is growing in Haiti island. The report states that around 4.4 million people are food vulnerable in the nation, including 1.9 million children.

Haiti: According to the report of the United Nations organisation, the number of people in need of urgent food aid is growing in Haiti island. The report states that around 4.4 million people are food vulnerable in the nation, including 1.9 million children.

Around 86,000 children under the age group of five suffer rigorous acute malnutrition this year, up 41,000 from the previous year, and if this acute malnutrition is not addressed soon, it can take the life of the child.

The report further states that around 217,000 children suffer acute malnutrition, which is a situation that leaves them helpless to stunting.

The Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean for UNICEF – Jean Gough, stated that “Critical acute malnutrition can and should be treated right now to save children’s lives in Haiti. We cannot look the other direction and ignore one of the least funded humanitarian crises in the region.”

“Without additional, urgent funding in the next few weeks, the life-saving treatment we are providing against malnutrition will be discontinued, and some children will be at risk of dying,” he added to his statement.

Following the statement, he noted that In an environment as precarious as Haiti, every child’s life we save today could be in danger again tomorrow. Unless we move beyond just treating malnutrition.”

Haiti has been attacked by the COVID-19 pandemic, an economic crisis, political disturbance, climate change, and longstanding radioactivity from humanitarian disasters, which has deepened the financial woes of the country.

UNICEF organisation calls for $48.9 million to assist 1.5 million people, including more than 700,000 children, with food assistance in Haiti island. The UN agency further reported that its program in Haiti has remained almost wholly underfunded.

With this funding, the organisation can provide lifesaving nutrition and medicine to children experiencing severe acute malnutrition in Haiti, and without funding, the chances are that these children would die.