Taking Care of Sick Children Requires Specialist Skills
Children born into poverty are almost twice as likely to die before the age of five as those from wealthier families. In many of the regions where health outcomes are poorest for children, there are few doctors trained in paediatrics.
About Global Child Health
Access to healthcare is a basic human right.
Children have further rights to nutritious food, clean water, education and the essentials required to reach their full development potential.
Yet, more than 5 million children still die before reaching their fifth birthday, mostly from conditions that are readily preventable or treatable with proven, cost-effective interventions.
An estimated 1.7 billion children and young people around the world did not have access to surgical care in 2017, according to a study in the Lancet. This situation occurs overwhelmingly in lower income countries, where children and adolescents make up a disproportionately large portion of the population.
In the same year, 453 million children under age five went without basic life-saving surgical care.
Global Child Health Articles
Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health: Taking Paediatrics Abroad – Working with low- and middle-income countries in a global pandemic
Taking Paediatrics Abroad supports the development of mutually beneficial relationships between Australian paediatric health-care professionals and paediatric health-care professionals in developing countries and remote, underserved Australian Aboriginal communities.
Reporting from the “Closing the Gap” initiative shows that, sadly, there is little change from last year in the outlook for Australian Aboriginal children.
The suffering and dying of children remains immense, yet these daily tragedies continue without receiving the attention this injustice deserves.
Despite determined global progress, an increasing proportion of child deaths are in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia. Four out of five every five deaths of children under age five occur in these regions Children born
Children have the right to good quality health care, clean water, nutritious food and a clean environment so that they will stay healthy. Richer countries should help poorer countries achieve this. Globally 3.9% of all
Children born into poverty are almost twice as likely to die before the age of five as those from wealthier families.
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