Revitalizing child health: lessons from the past


Glob Health Action

Essential health, education and other service disruptions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic risk reversing some of the hard-won gains in improving child survival over the past 40 years. Although children have milder symptoms of COVID-19 disease than adults, pandemic control measures in many countries have disrupted health, education and other services for children, often leaving them without access to birth and postnatal care, vaccinations and early childhood preventive and treatment services. These disruptions mean that the SARS-CoV-2 virus, along with climate change and shifting epidemiological and demographic patterns, are challenging the survival gains that we have seen over the past 40 years. We revisit the initiatives and actions of the past that catalyzed survival improvements in an effort to learn how to maintain these gains even in the face of today’s global challenges.

Strong, K. L., Requejo, J., Agweyu, A., Billah, S. M., Boschi-Pinto, C., Horiuchi, S., Jamaluddine, Z., Lazzerini, M., Maiga, A., McKerrow, N., Munos, M., Schellenberg, J., Weigel, R.

Pages:1947565, Volume:14, Edition:7/30/2021, Date,Jan-01


Notes:Strong, Kathleen L|Requejo, Jennifer|Agweyu, Ambrose|Billah, Sk Masum|Boschi-Pinto, Cynthia|Horiuchi, Sayaka|Jamaluddine, Zeina|Lazzerini, Marzia|Maiga, Abdoulaye|McKerrow, Neil|Munos, Melinda|Schellenberg, Joanna|Weigel, Ralf|eng|001/WHO_/World Health Organization/International|Research Support, U.S. Gov’t, Non-P.H.S.|2021/07/30 06:00|Glob Health Action. 2021 Jan 1;14(1):1947565. doi: 10.1080/16549716.2021.1947565.

ISBN: 1654-9880 (Electronic)|1654-9880 (Linking) Permanent ID: PMC8330761 Accession Number: 34320911

Author Address: Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health and Aging Department, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland.|Division of Data, Analytics, Planning and Monitoring, UNICEF, New York, NY, USA.|Department of Epidemiology and Demography, KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kenya.|Maternal and Child Health Division, Icddr, b, Dhaka, Bangladesh.|Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University Federal Fluminense Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.|Center for Birth Cohort Studies, University of Yamanashi, Yamanashi, Japan.|Epidemiology and International Health, LSHTM, London, UK.|Center for Maternal and Child Health, Institute for Maternal and Child Health IRCCS Burlo Garofolo, Trieste, Italy.|Global Disease epidemiology and control, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA.|Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa.|Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, South Africa.|Global Child Health, Witten/Herdecke University, Witten-Herdecke, Germany.