Food Security Portal Event
Virtual Seminar

COVID-19 and its Impacts on Childhood Malnutrition and Nutrition-related Mortality

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Food Security Portal
Co-organized by the National Information Platform for Nutrition (NIPN), the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and
the Food Security Portal (FSP) project with support from the European Commission.

The COVID-19 pandemic poses grave risks to the nutritional status and survival of young children in low- and middle-income countries, due in part to steep declines in household incomes, changes in the availability and affordability of nutritious foods, and interruptions to health, nutrition, and social protection services. Recent analysis carried out by IFPRI suggests that there could be a 14% increase in the prevalence of moderate or severe wasting among children younger than 5 years due to COVID-19-related losses in GNI per capita.

The webinar will present findings from this global study on COVID-19 and its impact on childhood malnutrition and nutrition-related mortality. A distinguished panel will reflect on the implications of these findings for Ethiopia. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with the program speakers and submit questions.


  • Dr Aregash Samuel, NIPN Coordinator, EPHI/NIPN
  • Teunis Van Rheenen, Head of Partnerships & Business Development, IFPRI


  • Cornelia van Zyl, Senior Technical and Policy Advisor, IFPRI/NIPN


  • Derek Headey, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI


  • Dr Ferew Lemma - Senior Advisor Office of the State Minister (Programs), Federal Ministry of Health
  • Dr Sisay Sinamo - Senior Program Manager of the Sequota Declaration Implementation, Federal Program Delivery Unit, Ministry of Health

*Please note this event will be recorded
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.