The Lancet has launched a campaign to drive improvements in child and adolescent health.
The campaign has been launched with an editorial article published in the journal, which acknowledges the positive changes in child and adolescent health. Under-5 mortality has more than halved since 1990, to about 5·3 million deaths in 2018.
However, the Lancet says there is now cause for concern. It says the UN's leadership's focus has moved away from health and the World Health Organization’s (WHO's) prioritisation of universal health coverage has weakened the attention given to maternal, child, newborn, and adolescent health. It also highlights that there have been dramatic changes in economic, political, commercial, and environmental determinants.
“A child growing up today faces an unprecedented threat to health and livelihood, let alone wellbeing, because of a climate emergency. Migration, increasing conflicts, political agendas moving away from provision of social safety nets and poverty reduction even in high-income countries, the continued commercial exploitation of children and young people leading to unhealthy diets, and exposure to alcohol and tobacco products mean that children and adolescents in 2020 need special attention if we are serious about a sustainable and healthy future for all".
You can join the campaign here.