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Covid-19 lockdown a disaster for children’s growth as poverty deepens

With nutrition being vital in the first 1,000 days of life, SA looks doomed to a generation of under-developed children

Senior science reporter

The UN has sounded an alarm on what Covid-19 has done to children globally, with SA no exception.

It has released a report stating that “the number of children living in poverty has now soared to nearly 1.2 billion”, a 15% increase from pre-pandemic levels.

According to analysis carried out by the UN Children’s Education Fund and Save the Children, the situation “could worsen” in months to come as the true fallout becomes clearer...

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