Since 2000, the number of women and children living in conflict settings has risen steadily, estimated to be over 630 million in 2017.
And the ‘indirect’ effects of destroyed life essentials and deteriorating local conditions – for instance, malnutrition, infectious diseases and poor reproductive health – are proving even more dangerous than direct violence.
This is one of the main findings appearing in the new Lancet Series on Women’s and Children’s Health in Conflict Settings. The Series also explains how interventions like breastfeeding and expressed breastmilk can help mitigate these deadly threats.
FLRF is grateful to the BRANCH researchers for bringing these findings to light, and is a proud supporter of the Consortium. FLRF also supported a review of nutrition interventions in such contexts to support infant and young child feeding.
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