Meeting the Health Needs of Five to Nine Year Olds In Africa


Significant global investment in preventative and life-saving interventions for children under five years of age has greatly contributed to the reduction of the global mortality rate by nearly half from 1990 to 2013. Given that more children are surviving into primary school age and beyond, and that today’s generation of young people is the largest in history, health investments in youth have also increased. However, this investment often excludes five to nine year olds, creating a gap in the health continuum of care that should extend from birth through adulthood. This brief aims to raise awareness about the health issues affecting five to nine year olds and initiating dialogue on potential opportunities for health programming directed toward this cohort.