Health of Infants, Children, and Adolescents: Life Course Perspectives on Global Health

Fiona Muttalib, Amir H. Sohail, Zulfiqar A. Bhutta

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Despite significant progress in child health since the establishment of the Millennium Development Goals, there remains a vast, unfinished agenda to optimize child and adolescent health outcomes across the life course. In addition to the longstanding impact of communicable illnesses, new health priorities have been identified. There is a need to address the increasing burden of non-communicable diseases and injuries. In addition, specific unmet health needs of adolescents have emerged, including sexual and reproductive health, mental health and evolving risk factors for non-communicable diseases. These health needs must be met in order to allow a growing population of adolescents to reach their potential at a critical moment of their development. Community and school-based prevention and management strategies remain paramount; however, for many health conditions, access to high-quality health care services is needed to allow children to survive, thrive and transform. This chapter summarizes current child and adolescent health priorities and the contemporary evidence basis for high-quality community- and facility-based care to reduce mortality and morbidity from high-burden diseases across childhood and adolescence.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Global Health
Subtitle of host publicationWith 362 Figures and 152 Tables
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages43
ISBN (Electronic)9783030450090
ISBN (Print)9783030450083
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021


  • Adolescent health
  • Child health
  • Emergency medical services
  • Quality of hospital care


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