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Child Population Health

Why is it important?

Children are healthier today than at any time in history, but many child deaths are still preventable and the world population is living longer in ill health from long-term conditions such as diabetes, obesity and cancer. Better information is needed to understand how best to promote healthy behaviours so children remain healthy and improve preventative programmes to reduce the global burden disease in the population.

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Importance of preventative care and access to unscheduled care

Preventive care in early life protects across childhood

Those who miss vaccinations are at 2-4 times risk of hospital admission. Older children with asthma, diabetes and epilepsy 4-11 fold risk.

Cecil Bottle Ma, Hargreaves, Wolfe, Mainous Saxena BMC Medicine. 2018

Research Priorities: Three key stages in early life course