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Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global child health: joint statement of the International Child Health Group and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  1. International Child Health Group
  2. Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health
      1. Correspondence to International Child Health Group, Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health, London, UK; intchildhealth{at}

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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 …

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      • Presented at First published online 12 August 2020: and

      • 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.