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National Infant and Child Health Programme : Children, Our Common treasure 2005

Government of Hungary Country Resources Child and Youth General Health Policies, Laws, Strategies & Plans, Service Standards Hungary 1 November 2004 Policy document child/youth protection

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Good health of children from prenatal age to adolescence is a resource for social and economic development, while ill health and impaired development has a multitude of effects and can have detrimental consequences on the individual, on the family and on the socio-economic situation.

Poor cognitive and social development can create a lifetime of disadvantage, the legacy of which is frequently transferred to future generations. Emerging threats during late childhood and adolescence include obesity, psychosocial and mental health problems coexist with malnutrition, prenatal problems and infectious diseases in society.

There is growing concern about the short- and long-term consequences of polluted and unsafe environments, as well as of unhealthy lifestyles. The most important objective is to enable children to achieve best health and development potential inherent in them, reducing at the same time social burden caused by avoidable diseases and mortality not only in terms of today's children, but also adults and generations of the future.

In this context,
• we need to develop the framework of evaluation and further development of various
programs based on scientific evidence,
• a inter-sectoral approach needs to be applied,
• we need to define the role of the health sector in the coordination of elaboration and
implementation of various programmes and need-based planning and delivery of
health services.

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