Emerging priorities for children’s health

Emerging priorities for children’s health

  •   Congenital anomalies, injuries, and non-communicable diseases (chronic respiratory diseases, acquired heart diseases, childhood cancers, diabetes, and obesity) are the emerging priorities in the global child health agenda.
  •   Congenital anomalies affect an estimated 1 in 33 infants, resulting in 3.2 million children with disabilities related to birth defects every year.
  •   The global disease burden due to non-communicable diseases affecting children in childhood and later in life is rapidly increasing, even though many of the risk factors can be prevented.
  •   Similarly, the worldwide number of overweight children increased from an estimated 31 million in 2000 to 42 million in 2015, including in countries with a high prevalence of childhood undernutrition.


Global response: Sustainable Development Goal 3

  •   The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2015 were developed to promote healthy lives and well-being for all children.
  • The SDG Goal 3 is to end preventable deaths of newborns and under-5 children by 2030. There are two targets:

a. Reduce newborn mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1 000 live births in every country (SDG 3.2); and

b. Reduce under-five mortality to at least as low as 25 per 1,000 live births in every country (SDG 3.2).

Source: WHO


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