Child and Adolescent Health and Development

Child and Adolescent Health and Development

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  • Intervention at at infancy is insufficient for positive growth and development in children. 

  • The mortality and disability burden for 5 to 19 year-olds is greater than previously realized. Interventions found to be effective for under-5 ought to be administered to older children.

  • Investing in older children and adolescents yields high returns.

About Volume 8:

More children born today will survive to adulthood than at any time in history. It is now time to emphasize health and development in middle childhood and adolescence—developmental phases which are critical to health in adulthood and the next generation.

Child and Adolescent Health and Development explores the benefits that accrue from sustained and targeted interventions across the first two decades of life. The volume outlines the investment case for effective, costed, and scalable interventions for low-resource settings, emphasizing the cross-sectoral role of education. This evidence base can guide policy makers in prioritizing actions to promote survival, health, cognition and physical growth throughout childhood and adolescence.  

Malaria Prevalence, Uganda



Age Patterns in the Prevalence of Malaria Parasitemia and of Reported Use of a Bednet on the Previous Night in Uganda

 Source: Pullan, R. L., H. Bukirwa, S. G. Staedke, R. W. Snow, and S. Brooker. 2010. “Plasmodium Infection and Its Risk Factors in Eastern Uganda.” Malaria Journal 9: 2.

Survival Beyond Age 5



Rate of Survival beyond Five Years of Age

  Source: World Bank indicators. 2016. Education Statistics.

News and Events

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.
On Friday, May 20 in Geneva, Switzerland, DCP3 and the WHO-Eastern Mediterranean Regional office hosted a policy forum on child and adolescent health and development, which brought together policymakers and experts to share insights and perspectives in order to enhance the relevance and usability...
On March 7th and 8th, 2016, representatives from the DCP3 Child and Adolescent Health and Development volume convened for the Africa Region Roundtable, hosted by the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to validate the three essential packages drafted for inclusion in the volume.

Volume Editors

Sue Horton

Sue 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