The JOY platform was born in July 2020 as an initiative of the Belgian Pediatric Covid-19 Task Force and many partners.

Covid-19 will be present in our society for a long time to come. Risks of infection, like all other risks in our lives and in society, cannot be completely eliminated. Therefore, it remains important to follow the general guidelines and preventive measures.

With JOY we want to offer a positive counterbalance by focusing on the importance and the benefits of adequate development, in all its aspects, for children and young people in their growth towards the healthiest and happiest possible adulthood.

This requires not only that children and young people be given a face and a voice in the whole Exit story, but also that fear and insecurity in society be reduced, and if possible eliminated.

Professional cooperation and joining forces of all institutions concerned with children and young people is crucial.


The aim is to set up a long-term campaign in Belgium’s three official languages, and to raise awareness in order to put and keep the rights and welfare of children at the centre of every decision at every level, both within this Covid-19 and Exit period and afterwards, in a sustainable way.

For this purpose, our JOY logo can be used by anyone via the logo tool to spread the voice and make the awareness of children and young people widely visible in our society.

Because children and young people are our future!

Stéphane Moniotte

Vice- president, Head of Paediatric Department, Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)

Pierre Philippet

Treasurer, President of the Groupement Belge des Pédiatres Francophones (GBPF)

Tyl Jonckheer

Secretary, President of the Belgian Professional Association of Paediatricians ( VBS/GBS)

Anna Bael

Board Member, President of the Vlaamse Vereniging voor Kindergeneeskunde (VVK)

Gunnar Buyse

Board Member, Head of Paediatric Department, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL)