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Global Child and Adolescent Health Call for Papers


Part of a PLOS Medicine Special Issue: Global Child Health: From Birth to Adolescence and Beyond. PLOS Medicine is committed to publishing the highest caliber medical research and getting your work in front of the medical community. Deadline February 14th, 2021. The Special Issue will publish in September 2021.

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Feb 14 2021

In 2000, the UN adopted the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which were intended to address key determinants of human health and welfare, including poverty, hunger, and disease. One of the MDGs included the specific aim to reduce child mortality globally [1]. However, now that the original 2015 target date has passed, concerns have been raised that not all of the MDGs, including targets on child health and welfare, have ultimately been met. The WHO reports that, in 2018, still over 6 million children and adolescents died globally, of which over 5 million died before the age of 5. The majority of these deaths are preventable. In children under 5, the leading causes of death include pneumonia, diarrhoea, neonatal sepsis, and malaria. In adolescents 10–19 years, road injuries, self-harm, HIV, and interpersonal or collective violence are predominant causes of death, and their contributions to mortality differ for girls and boys.

The overwhelming majority of child and adolescent deaths still occur in low- and middle-income countries in Africa and South Asia [2,3]. Although considerable progress has been made in the last century to reduce mortality from birth through adolescence, much work remains to be done. PLOS Medicine and the Guest Editors are therefore inviting high quality, impactful research in this important area.


Strategies to monitor and combat globally child mortality from birth through adolescence, including the burden of disease, in countries at all income levels.

Adolescent and school-age health and welfare (sometimes termed the ‘missing middle’), including all facets of development, disability, and education.

Marginalised populations of children and adolescents, including girls, those living in slum conditions or with disabilities, and those affected by violence or conflict.

Environmental impacts on child health and mortality, including strategies to mitigate future risks due to a changing climate.


Zulfiqar A. Bhutta
The Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto, Canada

Quique Bassat
Barcelona Institute for Global Health, Spain

Kathryn M. Yount
Emory University, USA

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