Child and Adolescent Health and Development

Child and Adolescent Health and Development

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  • It takes some 8,000 days for a child to develop into an adult. Sensitive phases shape development throughout this period, and age-appropriate and condition-specific support is required throughout if a child is to achieve full potential as an adult.

  • Investment in health during the first 1,000 days is widely recognised as a high priority, but investments are often neglected in the following 7,000 days of middle childhood and adolescence.

  • At least three phases are crucial to health and development during the next 7,000 days, each requiring a condition-specific and age-specific response.

  • Broadening of investment in human development to include scalable interventions during the next 7,000 days can be achieved cost-effectively. Two essential packages were identified...

  • Well designed health interventions in middle childhood and adolescence can leverage the current substantial investment in education, and improved design of educational programs can improve health.

 

"A key message of this volume is that human development is a slow process; it takes two decades— 8,000 days—for a human to develop physically and mentally. We also know a proper education requires time. So the world needs to invest widely, deeply, and effectively— across education, health, and all development sectors—during childhood and adolescence. And while individuals may have 8,000 days to develop, we must mobilize our resources today to secure their tomorrow."
 
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Education Edition of Volume 8

A new compendium - Optimizing Education Outcomes: High-Return Investments in School Health for Increased Participation and Learning - brings together the key chapters from Volume 8 that focus on the global education sector and that provide up-to-date evidence to inform decision making for better education outcomes. 

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Survival Beyond Age 5

 

 

Rate of Survival beyond Five Years of Age

  Source: World Bank indicators. 2016. Education Statistics.

News and Events

"Optimizing Education Outcomes draws on the latest evidence and analysis available in volume 8, Child and Adolescent Health and Development of Disease Control Priorities, third edition (DCP3). It makes clear the synergies between education and health investments and outcomes. 
DCP3, The Partnership for Child Development (PCD), and the China Development Research Foundation (CDRF) co-hosted a country round table meeting to discuss key policy issues around child and adolescent development from a national perspective.  Held in Beijing, China, the round table meeting brought...
Dr. Donald Bundy, lead editor of the DCP3 Child and Adolescent Development volume, addressed the 34th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID) as the keynote speaker in Brighton, UK on May 10 2016.

Volume Editors

Donald Bundy

Donald Bundy
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Susan Horton

Susan Horton
University of Waterloo, School of Public Health and Health Systems

Dean Jamison

Dean Jamison
University of Washington, Department of Global Health

George Patton

George Patton
Murdoch Childrens Research Institute