More than 39 billion school meals missed during COVID-19 pandemic: UN report -Madhumita Paul

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published Published on Feb 3, 2021   modified Modified on Feb 5, 2021

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UN agencies urged governments to prioritise school reopening

More than 39 billion in-school meals were missed globally during the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic due to school closures, according to a new UNICEF report.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, nearly 370 million children have not been receiving a school meal in 150 countries, said the report by UNICEF Office of Research and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) released on January 28, 2021.

The largest number of beneficiaries (in million) of school-feeding programmes are in India (~100 ), Brazil (48), China (44), South Africa (nine) and Nigeria (nine).

In India, the midday meals scheme (MDMS) has been shown to decrease calorie deficits in children by 30 per cent.

The report titled COVID-19: Missing More Than a Classroom found that 1.6 billion learners in 199 countries worldwide were affected by school closures.

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Down to Earth, 3 February, 2021,

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