About this Research Topic
As you read this, 1500 children will die, worldwide, in one day. But these deaths are not widely reported on. These children will not die of Covid-19, they will die of the preventable but silent killers: malnutrition, preventable infections, perinatal issues and non- communicable diseases. But perhaps the most common silent killer is that most recent WHO-classified disease: poverty. While the health of children in the world has largely improved, newborn, infant and child mortality remain high. In recognition of this the UN member states, in SDG3.2, committed to, by 2030, ending preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years of age. All countries aim to reduce neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1000 live births and under-5 mortality to at least as low as 25 per 1000 live births. There is need to describe efforts that contribute to reduction of child mortality and morbidity in practice, public child health, policy and scientific studies. This, with a view to unraveling the silent killers of children, and dealing with them, together.
The aim of this Research Topic is to tackle challenges of perinatal, infant and child mortality through the publication of seminal papers on the subject in order to raise awareness of the challenge to policy makers and child health advocates. We also hope to bring together evidence from research and practice to help policy makers, pediatricians and health workers in implementing programs or providing health care. Key will be public health actions – how to decide and guide them in a much smarter way than the “draconian lockdown and quarantine’ for entire populations. Integrating community level workers into refreshed Primary Health Care (PHC), along with first facility level and first referral levels is key.
We are particularly interested in the challenges of infectious diseases (antimicrobial resistance; neglected tropical infections; interaction of infection and malnutrition; emergency infectious diseases: Ebola, Covid-19 etc); and perinatal conditions (still births and early neonatal deaths etc).
Specifically, we would look at the following: Integrating community level workers into refreshed Primary Health Care (PHC), along with first facility level and first referral levels. Right sizing: in other words, which service will be at what (population and care) level – how to achieve it for tracer conditions with large mortality rates, like deliveries, newborns, sepsis, injuries and surgery.
The list of topics that are relevant includes, but is not limited to, the following:
• Quality of care from slogan to action
• Private service delivery integration
• Multisectoral determinants of mortality and how to address them in childhood
• Innovations in child health with direct impact on child mortality: (promising early stage concepts; innovations going to scale, etc).
In this project we are flexible and will consider the following types of articles:
Original Research, Systematic Review, Methods, Review, Mini Review, Policy Brief, Policy and Practice Reviews, Hypothesis and Theory, Perspective, Clinical Trial, Clinical Study Protocol, Study Protocol, Case Report, Community Case Study, Curriculum
Keywords: child mortality, silent killers, malnutrition, perinatal, poverty
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