Global prevalence of institutional care for children: a call for change

Charles H Zeanah and Kathryn L Humphreys - The Lancet

This comment piece by Charles H Zeanah and Kathryn L Humphreys accompanies a study on the number of children in institutional care around the globe, entitled 'Prevalence and number of children living in institutional care: global, regional, and country estimates,' published in the Lancet in March 2020. The comment provides a general overview of the harmful effects of institutionalisation, applauds the efforts of the researchers to "obtain an account of the prevalence of institutionalised children," and highlights the challenges ahead.