Absent investments, 200 million children may not reach their potential: Experts

Thirty-one academic experts in children’s health argue that absent urgent action by international aid agencies, 200 million children around the world could sustain serious, lifelong cognitive impairment. The National Academy of Medicine Perspective article makes the case that global policy lags behind the science of brain health, and children must be given the opportunity not just to survive, but thrive. Neil Boothby, the Allan Rosenfield Professor at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health who helped to provide the strategic framework for the document, and was one of the lead co-authors, writes that global health investments in child mortality have been enormously successful: In the past two decades alone, child deaths have fallen from 12 million to under 6 million. Yet despite global investments of $9.6 billion annually, a fifth…


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