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Managing the Covid-19 epidemic and social inequalities in children’s health, lessons for the future

Assessing the impact of the lockdown on children implies analyzing the impact on their families and the direct impact on the children.

The health crisis has generated an economic impact that worsens the poverty of some families and children. They have suffered from several health problems and from renunciation of curative and preventive care. Children have been protected from the virus for the most part, but this protection is not systematic, and the sizing of the health care system is therefore an issue for the future.

The HCSP provides a set of recommendations:

  • Open up participation in the decision-making process to the social sciences and to citizens’ representatives.
  • Have a statistical system capable of monitoring children’s health.
  • Provide a number of beds that can be mobilised to deal with a future crisis.
  • Implement a solidarity effort and a plan to combat poverty, commensurate with needs.
  • Prevent any renunciation of care, whether urgent, chronic or preventive.
  • Leave no child without  stable shelter.
  • Implement a strategy of home visits to help parents.
  • Ensure continuity of access to adequate nutrition for children.
  • Strengthen the care of children under 3 years of age.
  • Ensure compulsory schooling in the form of face-to-face teaching for pupils in difficulty.
  • Develop extracurricular activities to get children back into physical activity.
  • Strengthen training in the detection of child abuse and the prevention of domestic accidents.
  • Provide financial support for solidarity associations
  • Create a coordination structure for children’s policies
  • Set up an impact assessment process on social and territorial inequalities in health.

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