Is the effect of COVID-19 on children underestimated in low- and middle- income countries?


Acta Paediatr

The COVID‐19 pandemic has had a huge impact on health and society, worldwide. While most high income countries are felt to be reaching their COVID‐19 peak, most low‐ and middle‐income countries (LMICs), particularly sub‐Saharan countries, are anticipating an exponential growth of cases.(1) Overall it has been documented that children are less affected.(2) However, in this commentary we describe how in Kenya, a LMIC in sub‐Saharan Africa, COVID‐19 is likely to have far‐reaching direct and indirect implications on children.

Simba, J., Sinha, I., Mburugu, P., Agweyu, A., Emadau, C., Akech, S., Kithuci, R., Oyiengo, L., English, M.

Pages:1930-1931, Volume:109, Edition:6/20/2020, Date,Oct


Notes:Simba, Justus|Sinha, Ian|Mburugu, Patrick|Agweyu, Ambrose|Emadau, Caren|Akech, Sam|Kithuci, Rosemary|Oyiengo, Laura|English, Mike|eng|CTF201904-00624/European Respiratory Society|Norway|2020/06/20 06:00|Acta Paediatr. 2020 Oct;109(10):1930-1931. doi: 10.1111/apa.15419. Epub 2020 Jul 9.

ISBN: 1651-2227 (Electronic)|0803-5253 (Linking) Permanent ID: PMC7323043 Accession Number: 32557761

Author Address: Child Health and Paediatrics, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Nairobi, Kenya.|Respiratory Medicine, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool, UK.|Health Services Unit, KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Nairobi, Kenya.|Paediatrics, Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya.|School of Nursing, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Nairobi, Kenya.|Neonatal and Child Health Division, Ministry of Health, Nairobi, Kenya.|Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.