Health of women and children is central to covid-19 recovery.

Published on Apr 14, 2021in BMJ30.223
· DOI :10.1136/BMJ.N899
Neena Modi60
Estimated H-index: 60
(Imperial College London),
Mark A. Hanson104
Estimated H-index: 104
Neena Modi and Mark Hanson argue that new economic policies focusing on the wellbeing of women and children will produce a fairer, stronger, and more resilient society
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Last. Liliana S. Voto (UBA: University of Buenos Aires)H-Index: 10
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The COVID-19 pandemic exposed weaknesses in multiple domains and widened gender-based inequalities across the world. It also stimulated extraordinary scientific achievement, bringing vaccines to the public in under a year. In this article, we discuss the implications of current vaccination guidance for pregnant and lactating women, whether their exclusion from the first wave of vaccine trials was justified, and if a change in the current vaccine development pathway is necessary. Pregnant and lac...
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#2Despina D. Briana (UoA: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)H-Index: 23
Last. Mark A. Hanson (University of Southampton)H-Index: 104
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Resilient societies respond rapidly and effectively to health challenges and the associated economic consequences, and adapt to be more responsive to future challenges. Although it is only possible to recognise resilience retrospectively, the COVID-19 pandemic has occurred at a point in human history when, uniquely, sufficient knowledge is available on the early-life determinants of health to indicate clearly that a focus on maternal, neonatal, and child health (MNCH) will promote later resilien...
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#1Michael Penkler (TUM: Technische Universität München)H-Index: 6
#2Ruth Müller (TUM: Technische Universität München)H-Index: 15
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The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted billions of lives across the world and has revealed and worsened the social and economic inequalities that have emerged over the past several decades. As governments consider public health and economic strategies to respond the crisis, it is critical they also address the weaknesses of their economic and social systems that inhibited their ability to respond comprehensively to the pandemic. These same weaknesses have also undermined efforts to advance equality ...
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#1James R.C. Parkinson (Imperial College London)H-Index: 19
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Last. Neena Modi (Imperial College London)H-Index: 60
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The mechanisms responsible for the associations between very preterm birth and a higher risk of poor cardiovascular and metabolic health in adult life are unknown. Here, we compare the clinical and molecular phenotypes of healthy, normal-weight young adults (18–27 years), born very preterm (<33 weeks gestational age (GA)) and at full-term (37–42 weeks GA). Outcomes included whole-body MRI, hepatic and muscle 1H MRS, blood pressure measurements and telomere length. We recruited 156 volunteers, 69...
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Modi and Hanson highlight the importance of placing the health of children at the centre of post-pandemic measures to reduce social inequality, improve population health, and promote economic recovery.1 They rightly call for policies aimed at socioeconomic determinants of health, in order to break existing structures of disadvantage. The Chilean response to the childhood obesity epidemic offers an example of public health interventions tackling structural factors.2 Economic growth in Chile over ...