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Mothers, newborns and children—especially in the poorest countries—are suffering significant indirect impacts on health and care as a result of COVID-19, with potentially long-term adverse effects.
Governments, donors, international agencies and civil society organisations engaged in confronting COVID-19 must collaboratively and transparently monitor and publicly report the effects of pandemic response on families and children.
Global investments in COVID-19 recovery must prioritise a new era of investment in robust health systems supporting a family-centred model of healthcare and child health programmes.
Despite direct effects on children from the COVID-19 virus being rare so far, the indirect effects of the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide could be catastrophic for children, with considerable excess death and suffering.1 2
Many major causes of poor health and mortality in children are expected to increase this year as a result of the pandemic and the response. At the same time, the capacity of governments, health …
Presented at First published online 12 August 2020: www.internationalchildhealthgroup.org/covidglobal and www.rcpch.ac.uk/resources/impact-covid-19-pandemic-global-child-health-joint-statement
Correction notice This paper has been updated since it was published online. One of the collaborators' names has been amended.
Collaborators International Child Health Group: Neal Russell; Natalie Prevatt; Andrew Clarke; Sunil Bhopal; Delan Devakumar; Amaran Uthayakumar-Cumarasamy; Maryke Nielsen; Paula de Sousa; Beth Stinchcombe. Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health: Sebastian Taylor; Susan Broster; Russell Viner.
Contributors The first draft was written by NR, with early contributions from NP and AC. This was then edited considerably and finalised by all authors.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
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Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.