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COVID-19 – advocating for children and child health

Child with face maskCurrent evidence from across the world indicates that children have largely been spared the severe illness and mortality affecting adults as a result of Covid-19. Yet, there are growing concerns that children will bear the brunt of the pandemic – due to their exposure to violence and hunger,  and the disruption of maternal and child health services.

  • Drawing on issues raised by the advocacy committee, the Child Health Priorities Association tabled a letter to the National Coronavirus Command Council on 28 March calling for the prioritisation of children in the health system’s response to COVID-19
  • Some of these concerns were addressed in the 4th edition of the National Clinical Guidelines, but some gaps and concerns remain as outlined in an opinion editorial published in the Daily Maverick: