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
Towards the development of an integrated early childhood development policy and strategy
Leveraging key moments, employing partcipatory approaches to policy development, using evidence to inform decisions, and securing high level committment of leadership have kept ECD high on the Government of Rwanda’s agenda for two decades.
The Ministry of Education together with other ministries and partners has developed a parenting programme encompassing different aspects that contribute to a good start in life, including immunization and healthcare, early education and play, positive parenting without use of violence, and good hygiene and sanitation.
“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.“
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.
Pathways for integrating Care for Child Development
Multisectoral collaboration and capacity building at national and local levels led to more nurturing services, including among the national Growth and Development Check-ups Programme (CRED in Spanish).
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.