Even more depressing is the damage being done to the long-term prospects of those children who survive. Malnutrition stunts growth and reduces IQ; lack of specific micronutrients such as iodine reduce it further (when their contribution to the cocktail of debilitation and disease is not fatal). These losses cannot be made up later - there is no second chance. Lack of zinc and vitamin A also reduce the resistance of children to the rampant malaria which your report mentions.
The Sri Lankan government has provided an example to other countries with its distinguished record of providing for the basic needs of all of its people, in difficult circumstances. Let it not falter now.
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