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Sustainable Solutions for Disability-Inclusive Nutrition Programs

Malnutrition and disability disproportionally affect children living in low- and middle-income countries. They are also intertwined, with malnutrition driving disability and disability making children more at risk for being malnourished. Children with disabilities and their families encounter cumulative hardships, such as stigma, food insecurity, and limited access to appropriate care and nutrition services, without the presence of a global pandemic. COVID-19 has likely amplified these hardships, particularly in low-resource settings. The nutrition sector is stepping up to advocate for nutrition as a central part of the response to COVID-19, but only a truly equitable response will protect the children who need it most. An inclusive approach to nutrition is urgently needed in and beyond COVID-19 responses.