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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Other thematic briefs

Indian Pediatrics: Special supplement

The Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) has released a special supplement of its indexed journal, Indian Pediatrics, entitled Nurturing care for ECD in India. The main journal also includes a position paper from the IAP. More.

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.
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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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22-25 November 2021
National workshop to advance nurturing care for early childhood development in Jordan
This workshop is being organized by the National Committee of Family Affairs and the International Rescue Committee. It seeks to take stock of progress to date and identify priority actions to ensure all sectors give attention to the five components of nurturing care.
Dead Sea Jordan / In-person
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.