GUATEMALA CITY – The number of children in Guatemala who died from acute undernutrition during the first 21 weeks of 2018 stood at 25, representing a 78.5 percent increase from the same period of 2017 when 14 deaths were reported.
According to the statistics published by the Secretariat for Food and Nutritional Security (SESAN), the deaths of 25 children under five years of age as of week 21 are attributable to acute undernutrition, while another 23 cases are under investigation.
Eleven of the 25 deaths took place in Alta Verapaz Department and 84 percent of them were under 24 months old.
As of week 21, SESAN recorded a total of 3,881 cases of acute undernutrition.
In 2017, 148 children under five years of age in Guatemala died from acute undernutrition.