The Lancet Small Vulnerable Newborn Series: science for a healthy start

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Obstetrics and Gynaecology (East Africa); Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health


The Lancet 2020 Campaign1 on child and adolescent health is a welcome call for a renewed focus on children. With less than a decade remaining to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the campaign is a timely reminder about an unfinished agenda, reiterating the centrality of child survival and wellbeing in global development. The impacts of the COVID19 pandemic bring more urgency to the need for increased attention to children. Although COVID19 is usually mild in children, health service disruptions and other indirect effects of the pandemic response are having devastating impacts on the wellbeing of pregnant women, children, and other vulnerable individuals. 2, 3 There have, for example, been reports of declines in institutional deliveries and increases in stillbirths and neonatal deaths during the COVID19 pandemic in some Asian and European populations

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The Lancet