Nurturing Care for Early Childhood Development

“If we change the beginning of the story,
we change the whole story.”
 — The beginning of life

PERU: A multi-pronged approach to making health services more nurturing

Advocacy at national levels, coupled with capacity building for strengthened implementation at local levels, created an enabling environment for more nurturing services. The Care for Child Development approach underpinned these efforts and was adapted for use in the national Growth and Development Check-ups Programme (CRED in Spanish), among other services.
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• Care for Child Development contextualized for the Latin American region: Spanish, English.

ECD in humanitarian standards and guidance

This new study from Moving Minds Alliance and the UVA Humanitarian Collective reviews 15 existing humanitarian standards and guidance documents and assesses the extent to which early childhood interventions and the needs of infants, young children, and caregivers are included. More.

The COVID-19 pandemic and young children in East Asia and the Pacific

This report by the UNICEF East Asia and the Pacific regional office summarizes the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on young children, includes examples of how UNICEF country offices responded, and proposes priority actions and interventions required to safeguard this critical period and ensure all children's optimal development. More.

Nine countries in Europe need better data and greater investment in public policies for ECD

The First Years First Priority Campaign has released a series of Country Profiles and an accompanying cross-country analysis, which highlights the need for better data and greater investment in public policies for early childhood development across nine European countries: Bulgaria, Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, and Spain. More.

Gindegi Goron: supporting young children’s development in Bangladesh

With support from WHO, the International Rescue Committee delivered behaviourally-informed messages to promote healthy development for pregnant mothers and their infants via phone calls and text messages from September through December 2020. Known as Gindegi Goron, a Rohingya phrase for developing future, the programme showed promising results in promoting behaviour change in areas that are critical to child survival and development. More.

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16 September 2021
Webinar: Infections and infant feeding practices
GGNCP and CIF-RIG are hosting a webinar on infant feeding during HIV, Ebola, and COVID-19. This will include a review of recent experiences in reaction to global infectious disease impact on infant feeding practices and will begin a discussion on lessons learned.
23 September 2021
Nurturing care for every newborn: ensuring every newborn survives and thrives
Join us for launch of the Thematic Brief 'Nurturing care for every newborn'. This brief summarizes why nurturing care is essential for every newborn to survive and thrive. It outlines the five components of nurturing care and contains examples of practical actions to create and strengthen nurturing environments for newborns, including those who are born too soon, small or sick.
28 September 2021
Enabling children to grow up in a smoke-free world: policies and practices
This webinar, convened by the World Health Organization in collaboration with the International Pediatric Association and the ECD Action Network, probes further into the Thematic Brief 'Tobacco control for children’s health and development' and provides examples of how comprehensive smoke-free policies positively impact child health and development.
2-5 December 2021
4th International Developmental Paediatrics Association (IDPA) Congress
IDPA and the Arab Network for Early Childhood Development are jointly hosting this event, the theme of which is 'Nurturing Children in Crisis'.

Indian Academy of Pediatrics mobilizes paediatricians to promote nurturing care

The Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) has more than 33,000 members across the country and is one of the largest professional associations of pediatricians in the region. In 2019, the President wrote about the important role pediatricians play in bridging science and parenting. Building on this, the IAP, working closely with the World Health Organization and UNICEF, have continued to draw attention to the important role pediatricians can play and are developing materials to support their practice.
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Burundi: Cultivating political will and investment

The Ministry of Public Health and the Fight against AIDS, with the support of WHO, UNICEF, and the World Bank, organized two events in February 2021: i) a high-level meeting with the First Lady, Ministers, Parliamentarians, partners and funders to raise awareness and investment in ECD and ii) a technical workshop to support a common understanding of ECD across sectors and advance development of a national strategy for ECD.
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