Countries are at different stages of advancing nurturing care with and through health systems. Small and big changes are happening at national and sub-national levels. The information provided on this page gives you a glimpse into what is happening where under each of the five strategic actions.

Ghana Health Service commits to rolling out the Nurturing Care Framework
Following a national stakeholders’ meeting in 2019, the Ghana Health Service has issued a Call to Action, calling upon other government agencies, donors, non-governmental actors and the media to significantly increase actions, investments, and attention to ECD in Ghana.

Scaling up nurturing care in Siaya County
In western Kenya, the Governor is leading the scale-up of policies, programmes and services in support of nurturing care. The First Lady oversees the Smart Start Siaya Campaign which promotes nurturing care through a systems-based approach. Follow the campaign: @NurturingCareKE

Harnessing large scale funding
The Ministry of Health Nutrition Department has leveraged funding from the Global Financing Facility and World Bank to integrate early learning and responsive caregiving into the national nutrition package.

‘Global Child Thrive Act’ introduced in U.S. Senate
The Act directs the U.S. administration to advance policies and programmes that advance early childhood development internationally.

‘Criança Feliz’ (‘Happy Child’) programme
Considered the world’s biggest ECD experiment, ‘Criança Feliz’ was instituted in 2016, through a presidential decree, to promote comprehensive development of children in their early years. Watch two videos about the program here.

Side-by-side campaign promotes nurturing care
The Department of Health is leading a national campaign known as Side-by-Side to ensure that all children under 5 receive the nurturing care they need to develop to the best of their abilities. View the campaign website here.

Holistic parenting model
The holistic parenting model comprises of multisectoral integrated parenting clubs operating at commune and village levels.

“I play, I learn, I thrive” playful parenting campaign
The Government of the Republic of Zambia with support from UNICEF and the LEGO Foundation has launched a national campaign highlighting the benefits of play for Zambian children. The campaign is called “I play, I learn, I thrive.“ Read the press release here.


Building a new approach to nurturing care
The Government of Bulgaria, in partnership with UNICEF, has established a universal home visiting programme for all families.

Nurturing care for refugee children and their families
In 2016, Refugee Trauma Initiative set up an Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) programme for refugee children aged 0–6 called Baytna, which means ‘our home’ in Arabic. View the website here.

Cooperation across health and social sectors
The home visiting programme has been refined to ensure families receive coordinated support from health professionals and social workers.

A gateway to nurturing small and sick newborns
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare practices Family Participatory Care (FPC) involving families in the care of small and sick newborns throughout the hospitalization period.

Capitalizing on the strengths of the health system
Existing platforms are being leveraged to ensure all families receive the support they need. See how health facilities are involving families in the care of their pre-term babies here and here.

 

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