Leave no one behind: why WHO's regional office for Europe should prioritise children and adolescents in their program of work. A position statement from the European academy of paediatrics

Danielle Jansen, Maria Brenner, Károly Illy, Łukasz Dembiński, Stefano del Torso, Zachi Grossman, Arunas Valiulis, Ann De Guchtenaere, Artur Mazur, Liviana Da Dalt, Ketil Størdal, Berthold Koletzko, Adamos Hadjipanayis

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Abstract

Children and adolescents are no longer a priority in the most recent European Programme of Work (EPW) 2020–2025 of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe. In this position statement we provide arguments for why we think this population should be explicitly addressed in this important and influential document. We firstly emphasize the persistent health problems and inequalities in access to care for children and adolescents that are challenging to solve, and thus require a continuous focus. Secondly, we urge the WHO to prioritize children and adolescents in their EPW due to the new and emerging health problems related to global issues. Finally, we explain why permanent prioritization of children and adolescents is essential for the future of children and of society.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1184870
JournalFrontiers in Pediatrics
Volume11
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023

Keywords

  • Europe
  • adolescents
  • children
  • equity
  • mental health
  • migrants
  • mortality
  • world health organization

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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