This study was a two-arm, randomized controlled trial set in high volume, public tertiary care units in Ghana, India, Malawi, Nigeria, and Tanzania. The babies in the immediate kangaroo mother care group started the intervention as soon as possible after birth and got an average of 17 hours per day in the Mother-Newborn ICU. In the control group, kangaroo mother care was started only after the baby was stable, with babies receiving KMC on an average of 1.5 hours per day while in the neonatal ICU. After clinically stable, babies in both the study groups received kangaroo mother care (about 19 hours/day) as recommended by WHO guidelines.Read More →

In 2016, the Government of Ghana reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring children in the first 1000 days had every opportunity to survive and thrive. To this end, the Government of Ghana dedicated personnel and put in place coordinating mechanisms to ensure all children received nurturing care from birth. This brief describes the actions taken in the health sector between 2016 and 2019, championed by the Government of Ghana, to elevate attention to and services for children aged 0-3 years. Read More →

This series considers new scientific evidence for interventions, building on the findings and recommendations of two previous Lancet series on child development (2007, 2011), and proposes pathways for implementation of early childhood development at scale. The series emphasises ‘nurturing care’, especially for children below three years of age, and multi-sectoral interventions starting with health, which can have wide reach to families and young children through health and nutrition.Read More →

01 Mar 2021 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm –

The Early Childhood Network Ghana and partners are hosting a webinar for parents, caregivers and ECCD practitioners. Guest speaker, Professor Avi Sagi-Schwartz from the Centre for the study of child development at the University of Haifa, Israel, will speak on the importance of childrens’ attachment in times of crisis.

This toolkit was developed as part of the Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) Ghana ECD 0-3 Program. It is intended to prepare frontline workers delivering community health services to equip parents and caregivers to develop responsive caregiving skills and engage in early learning activities with their children. The toolkit includes a training-of-trainers guide, flipcharts, and a parenting sessions manual.Read More →

20 Jan 2021 @ All Day –

Ghana was the first country to organize a national launch of the Nurturing Care Framework following the global launch alongside the World Health Assembly in 2018. A key focus since the launch has been to identify ways to contextualize the Nurturing Care Framework for Ghana. This webinar, hosted by the Early Childhood Network Ghana, provided an opportunity to take stock of what has transpired and explore emerging opportunities.

These “Country Profiles for Early Childhood Development” are developed by UNICEF in collaboration with Countdown to 2030 Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent’s Health. The profiles are an attempt to compile, in one place, the available data for country and cross-country monitoring and to provide a baseline against which progress can be monitored.Read More →

The government of Ghana has reaffirmed its commitment to rolling out the Nurturing Care Framework. Investment in personnel and coordination mechanisms is a critical first step, given the cross-sectoral nature of the Framework. This requires engagement and synchronization from health, nutrition, protection, early learning and child protection professionals in orderRead More →