Acta Scientific Women's Health (ASWH)(ISSN: 2582-3205)

Commentary Volume 3 Issue 10

A Future for the World’s Children: Possibility or Impossibility?

Doris Bergen*

Distinguished Professor Emerita, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, USA

*Corresponding Author: Doris Bergen, Distinguished Professor Emerita, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, USA.

Received: August 27, 2021 ; Published: September 09, 2021

  A wonderful report on the needs of the world’s children, with strong and well documented recommendations for enhancing their development, was published in February of 2020 by the Lancet Commission, under the auspices of the World Health Organization [1]. However, it was published just as the first alarms were being raised about the coronavirus and, unfortunately, its message as well as any will to address the needs reported in the document, were lost in the “survival” mode activities that most countries in the world have been focused on since that time. While the majority of the world’s children have not caught the virus, many of their parents, grandparents, and other caregivers have been ill and many have died from the effects of this disease. Since children are not yet able to be vaccinated, the risk of this disease remains high for many of them. The horrendous toll the disease has taken on families throughout the world has added another danger to the many unsafe and unhealthy conditions that were described as problematic for the “world children’s future” in this important report. With at least some hope that the pandemic will be conquered (or fade away) by 2022, perhaps it is time to review the Lancet Commission report recommendations and to gain the will to address the status of children throughout the world.


  1. Clark H., et al. “A future for the world's children? A WHO–UNICEF–Lancet Commission”. The Lancet10224 (2020): 605-658.


Citation: Doris Bergen. “A Future for the World’s Children: Possibility or Impossibility?”. Acta Scientific Women's Health 3.10 (2021): 19-20.


Copyright: © 2021 Doris Bergen. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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