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[Correspondence] Tackling the challenges of child health care

Richard Horton (July 14, p 106)1 noted the UK’s mediocre performance with respect to child health. As representatives of the European Public Health Association and the European Paediatric Association/Union of National European Paediatric Societies and Associations, we strongly endorse Horton’s call for greater integration between public health and paediatrics and are already working towards this goal. We have jointly called for greater emphasis on prevention to tackle the changing burden of childhood disease, increasingly dominated by long-term conditions, many of which are caused by modifiable behavioural and environmental factors.