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Converging on child mental health – toward shared global action for child development

  • G. Belkin (a1), L. Wissow (a2), C. Lund (a3), L. Aber (a4), Z. Bhutta (a5), M. Black (a6), C. Kieling (a7), S. McGregor (a8), A. Rahman (a9), C. Servili (a10), S. Walker (a11) and H. Yoshikawa (a4)...


We are a group of researchers and clinicians with collective experience in child survival, nutrition, cognitive and social development, and treatment of common mental conditions. We join together to welcome an expanded definition of child development to guide global approaches to child health and overall social development. We call for resolve to integrate maternal and child mental health with child health, nutrition, and development services and policies, and see this as fundamental to the health and sustainable development of societies. We suggest specific steps toward achieving this objective, with associated global organizational and resource commitments. In particular, we call for a Global Planning Summit to establish a much needed Global Alliance for Child Development and Mental Health in all Policies.

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*Address for correspondence: G. Belkin, Division of Mental Hygiene, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York, New York, USA. (Email:


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