Young Adults' Hopes Regarding Noncommunicable Disease (NCD) Prevention and Management After the SARS-CoV-2 Virus Pandemic: Reflections From the NCD Child #YouthCOVIDCHAT Campaign

Nicola J. Gray, Marie Hauerslev, George Msengi, Laura Lewis-Watts, Zulfiqar A. Bhutta

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Abstract

Purpose: The SARS-CoV-2 virus pandemic has left a massive global death toll in its wake. Associated restrictions, precautions and lockdowns have disrupted daily routines, which has been associated with social isolation and major health implications for the world's youth. This paper shares young adults' visions for life beyond the pandemic as it relates to the prevention and management of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). Methods: NCD Child hosted a global Twitter campaign for young adults, some of whom are living with NCDs, to express their reflections on life beyond the pandemic. Contributions were subjected to qualitative thematic analysis. Results: 52 responses from the campaign described six main themes: Health system strengthening; Access to care; Issues of sustainability, including the environment and the economy; Human rights, equity, and social issues; Mental health, and NCD prevention. Discussion: Young adults expressed optimism about postpandemic life and emphasized the importance of comprehensive intersectoral approaches to create resilient health systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)194-197
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health
Volume74
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2024

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Equity
  • Health systems
  • Human rights
  • Mental health
  • Noncommunicable diseases
  • Prevention
  • Universal health coverage
  • Young adult health
  • Youth participation

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