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Beyond the Disease: Contextualized Implications of COVID-19 for Children and Young People Living in Eastern and Southern Africa

Version 1 : Received: 15 June 2020 / Approved: 17 June 2020 / Online: 17 June 2020 (07:58:53 CEST)

How to cite: Govender, K.; Cowden, R.G.; Nyamaruze, P.; Armstrong, R.; Hatane, L. Beyond the Disease: Contextualized Implications of COVID-19 for Children and Young People Living in Eastern and Southern Africa. Preprints 2020, 2020060208 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202006.0208.v1). Govender, K.; Cowden, R.G.; Nyamaruze, P.; Armstrong, R.; Hatane, L. Beyond the Disease: Contextualized Implications of COVID-19 for Children and Young People Living in Eastern and Southern Africa. Preprints 2020, 2020060208 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202006.0208.v1).

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has created extraordinary challenges and prompted remarkable social changes around the world. The implications of the novel coronavirus and the public health control measures that have been implemented to mitigate its impact are likely to be accompanied by a unique set of consequences for specific populations living in low income-countries that have fragile health systems and pervasive social-structural vulnerabilities. This paper discusses the implications of COVID-19 and related public health interventions for children and young people living in Eastern and Southern Africa. Actionable prevention, care, and health promotion initiatives are proposed to attenuate the negative effects of the pandemic and government-enforced movement restrictions on children and young people.

Subject Areas

children; young people; COVID-19; Eastern and Southern Africa; health systems

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