The impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on maternal and child malnutrition in Myanmar: What to expect, and how to protect

In this brief we first outline the expected risks to the nutritional status of Myanmar’s population based on evidence from previous economic crises elsewhere in the world and some limited early evidence from the COVID-19 crisis. We then turn to the issue of how to protect nutritionally vulnerable groups over the course of the crisis, especially children and women. We also emphasize the critical need for high-frequency surveillance of vulnerable populations (e.g. through phone surveys and other systems) and close coordination across sectors, including health, agriculture, commerce/trade, and social protection, in planning and implementing actions to protect the nutritionally vulnerable in Myanmar.