Swedish Network for Global Child Health

Despite significant progress during recent decades, some 5.4 million children under the age of five continue to die around the world each year – 15,000 every day – largely from preventable causes. Addressing preventable mortality should go hand in hand with preventing needless morbidity in order to set every child off on the best start in life – regardless of where they live. Broader social determinants of child health – gender inequality, education, climate and the environment, safety, early childhood development, freedom – play a pivotal role in enhancing wellbeing and availing livelihood opportunities.

A key priority in Sweden’s development agenda, improving the health of children locally and globally, requires contributions that are inter- and multidisciplinary in scope and grounded in evidence. In 2019 the network contributed to the development of a road map on global child health, encouraging the global community to harness the interlinking potential of the SDGs in order to accelerate progress whilst paying attention to priority areas.  

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If interested to join or learn more about the network, please contact:


Tobias Alfvén, Karolinska Institutet


Karin Strömstedt Johansson, UNICEF


In 2018, Government Offices of Sweden launched a framework for Sweden’s work on global health –implementing the 2030 Agenda. For its implementation thematic Swedish Networks for Global Health grew organically. The added value of these networks is the enabling of multisectoral  and interdisciplinary collaboration around global health, allowing a large number of Swedish actors to come together through coordinated and joint action.

In 2017, the Swedish Network for Global Child Health was initiated. The network coordinators are Karolinska Institutet and UNICEF. A steering group is under formation and will support the coordinator in the strategic development of the network and in the initiation of activities. SIGHT supports the overall work with the Swedish Networks for Global Health and stimulates synergies between thematic areas and networks. 


Network meeting November 9th 2021

During the network meeting on the 9th of November UNICEF’s data on Global Child Health presented UNICEFs available data and an overview of how data is collected. This was presented by Jennifer Requejo, Senior Adviser Statistics and Monitoring for the health and HIV portfolio together with Liliana Carvajal, Statistics and Monitoring Specialist | Data and Analytics Section | UNICEF HQ. To access the presentation with links to relevant data sources please click here:

Article published in Global Health Action

Volume 12, 2019 – Issue 1: Placing children and adolescents at the centre of the Sustainable Development Goals will deliver for current and future generations

A future for the world’s children? A WHO–UNICEF–Lancet Commission

Links and discussions

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The Lancet
Child & Adolescent Health


Webbinarier Global Barn- och ungdomshälsa

When: October 21, 2021 @ 1:30 pm – 3:50 pm
Where: Online

Barnläkarföreningens delförening för Global Barn- och Ungdomshälsa har i samband med sina planeringsdagar anordnat följande föreläsningar som är öppna för alla intresserade. 13.30–14.30 Ravi Kohli –

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