Nurturing Care for Early Childhood Development

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

© Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health/Isabel Pinto

Thematic brief: Nurturing care for every newborn

When cared for in a nurturing environment, babies not only survive, they are also helped to thrive. This Thematic Brief, developed by WHO and UNICEF along with several partners, summarizes why nurturing care is essential for all newborns and uses the five components of nurturing care to describe what every newborn needs. The Brief includes practical examples of creating nurturing environments for newborns, including those who are born too soon, small or sick, in India, Sweden, The Philippines, Colombia and Lebanon.
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Workshop series: nurturing care for children living in humanitarian settings

The Arab Network for ECD (ANECD), International Rescue Committee (IRC), Save the Children, UNICEF and the World Health Organization are working together to organize five workshops across the Middle East between October and December 2021. The workshops will explore implementation of the Nurturing Care Framework in each setting and explore what more can be done to ensure children living in humanitarian settings receive nurturing care. More.

Proceedings from the South-East Asia multsectoral meeting

The meeting report describes the presentations, discussions, and outcomes of a 3-day virtual meeting organized by the WHO South-East Asia Regional Office in collaboration with UNICEF in April 2021. The participating countries were Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor-Leste.
Read the report
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Two nurturing care webinars

Two webinars in September looked at the Thematic briefs "Nurturing care for every newborn" and "Enabling children to grow-up in a smoke-free world". They considered evidence and looked at examples of country level policy and practice. You can view the recordings and presentations here:
Nurturing care for every newborn
Enabling children to grow-up in a smoke-free world

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20 October 2021
Nurturing care for children living in humanitarian settings: Palestine workshop
This is the first workshop in a series of five across the Middle East that explores country level implementation of the Nurturing Care Framework with a particular emphasis on humanitarian settings. This workshop is being organized by the Ministry of Social Development (MoSD) and the Palestinian Network for Early Childhood Development with support from UNICEF and the World Health Organisation.
Palestine / Online
21 October 2021
Knowledge to action: Translating knowledge to inform policies and enhance the delivery of effective ECD services and interventions
ECD implementers and researchers are invited to join a discussion on translating knowledge to inform policy and practice. This webinar looks at what knowledge translation means, barriers, facilitators, and opportunities for translating knowledge to practice, and what is currently being done to address existing gaps.
25th-27th October 2021
Smart Start Siaya Kenya: 4th National ECD conference
This conference will provide an opportunity to discuss ECD programs in Kenya, innovations and challenges, creating resolutions to establish a holistic/multi-sectoral approach for implementing the Nurturing Care Framework.
Siaya County, Kenya
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.
Find out more here.

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.
Find out more here.