Protecting children in low-income and middle-income countries from COVID-19

Ahmed, Salahuddin ; Mvalo, Tisungane ; Akech, Samuel ; Agweyu, Ambrose ; Baker, Kevin ; Bar-Zeev, Naor ; Campbell, Harry ; Checkley, William ; Chisti, Mohammod Jobayer ; Colbourn, Tim ; Cunningham, Steve ; Duke, Trevor ; English, Mike ; Falade, Adegoke G. ; Fancourt, Nicholas S. S. ; Ginsburg, Amy S. ; Graham, Hamish R. ; Gray, Diane M. ; Gupta, Madhu ; Hammitt, Laura ; Hesseling, Anneke C. ; Hooli, Shubhada ; Johnson, Abdul-Wahab B. R. ; King, Carina ; Kirby, Miles A. ; Lanata, Claudio F. ; Lufesi, Norman ; Mackenzie, Grant A. ; McCracken, John P. ; Moschovis, Peter P. ; Nair, Harish ; Oviawe, Osawaru ; Pomat, William S. ; Santosham, Mathuram ; Seddon, James A. ; Thahane, Lineo Keneuoe ; Wahl, Brian ; Van der Zalm, Marieke ; Verwey, Charl ; Yoshida, Lay-Myint ; Zar, Heather J. ; Howie, Stephen R. C. ; McCollum, Eric D. (2020)

CITATION: Ahmed, S. et al. 2020. Protecting children in low-income and middle-income countries from COVID-19. BMJ Global Health, 5:e002844. doi:10.1136/bmjgh-2020-002844.

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A saving grace of the COVID-19 pandemic in high-income and upper middle-income countries has been the relative sparing of children. As the disease spreads across low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs), long-standing system vulnerabilities may tragically manifest, and we worry that children will be increasingly impacted, both directly and indirectly. Drawing on our shared child pneumonia experience globally, we highlight these potential impacts on children in LMICs and propose actions for a collective response.

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