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IFPRI estimates, more than 200 million people are malnourished in Pakistan. The largest number of Pakistanis are vulnerable to severe COVID-19 infection. Is there any emergency plan for this?

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2 May 2020, 09:19

Malnourished people are at a high risk, because they have compromised immune-system, many researches have shown that nutrition is closely linked with the immune system, the deficiency of macro-nutrient and micro-nutrient impaired the immune-system. According to this article (Nutritional effect on T-cell immunometabolism) T cells, which play the key role in the immune system, are highly influenced by nutrition. Severe malnutrition can result in the change of their behavior and metabolism.

I find this article very relevant regarding the current COVID-19 pandemic situation. This is the link.

The aim is that, there is the urgent need to check the nutritional deficiencies like protein, iron, vitamin D, and zinc etc... and treat them on the emergency basis, it is easy to deal with them now, if they catch the infection, the situation would become very difficult…


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13 May 2020, 17:16

Dear Umbreen,

Though focused on Africa, not Pakistan, you may be interested in this webinar tomorrow where WHO will be discussing Nutrition for infection prevention among other topics related to COVID-19 and nutrition:

Food and nutrition essentials in COVID-19 - focus on Africa

Date: Thursday, 14 May 2020

14:00-16:30 Brazzaville ¦16:00-18:30 Moscow & Nairobi
15:00-17:30 Geneva & Harare ¦ 14:00-16:30 London
13:00-15:30 Accra & Dakar ¦ 09:00-11:30 New York

Available languages: English, French and Portuguese

Register here


• Nutrition for infection prevention and the management of patients with mild infection
• Nutritional management of severe and critical cases
• COVID-19 impact on food security and food systems: lessons for the future
• Food safety concerns in COVID-19 
• Essential nutrition services that must be maintained in the COVID-19 response
• Q&A on the guidance for infant and young child feeding in COVID-19

Dr Adelheid Onyango, WHO AFRO
Team Lead, Nutrition and Food Safety

Dr João Breda, WHO EURO
Head, WHO European Office for Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases

Dr John Adabie Appiah, WHO AFRO
Senior Specialist, Critical Care and Head of Paediatric Intensive Care Unit Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital , Accra Ghana

Dr Mphumuzi Sukati, FAO RAF
Senior Nutrition and Food Systems Officer

Dr Peter Ben Embarek, WHO HQ
a.i. Unit Head, Monitoring of Nutrition Status and Food Safety Events

Dr Gertrude Avortri, WHO AFRO
Medical Officer, Integrated Service Delivery and Primary Health Care

Dr Larry Grummer-Strawn, WHO HQ
a.i. Unit Head, Food and Nutrition Actions in Health Systems

Dr Aashima Garg, UNICEF HQ
Nutrition Specialist

Dr France Begin, UNICEF HQ
Senior Nutrition Adviser, Early Childhood Nutrition

Best wishes,


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