11 February 2021 Volume :9 Issue :2

COVID-19’s Implications for Children and Young People’s Health

COVID-19’s Implications for Children and Young People’s Health
Professor Kaymarlin Govender presented a paper at the Africa CDC Institute for Workforce Development COVID-19 webinar series.

Director of the Health Economics & HIV & AIDS Research Division (HEARD) Professor Kaymarlin Govender was invited to present a paper at the Africa CDC Institute for Workforce Development COVID-19 webinar series focusing on clinical community of practice (CCoP). The webinar series is co-hosted by the Africa CDC and the Hubert Department of Global Health, Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, US.

The paper titled: Beyond the Disease: Contextualized Implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for Children and Young People living in Eastern and Southern Africa was published in the journal Frontiers in Public Health in October, 2020.

It discusses the implications of COVID-19 and related public health interventions for children and young people living in Eastern and Southern Africa in the context of strained healthcare systems in light of the ongoing epidemics of HIV and tuberculous. In the face of COVID-19, there have been major disruptions to HIV, TB and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) programming in the region. The effects of COVID-19 were most severely felt during the lockdowns and stay at home orders enforced by governments during 2020. Public health measures to limit the spread of SARS-CoV-2 have seen a decline in people living with HIV receiving and adhering to their antiretroviral treatment and have had a negative impact on SRH services (with a decline in access to and use of contraceptives, reduced service coverage of essential pregnancy and related new born care and shifting trends in abortion from safe to unsafe).

In light of the negative and long-term impact of COVID-19, the paper recommends prevention, care, and health promotion initiatives to reduce the negative effects of the pandemic and movement restrictions on children and young people.

Words: NdabaOnline

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