On April 20th, the Hilton Foundation and their Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Partner (Stellenbosch University) hosted a webinar for partners in the Young Children Affected by HIV and AIDS Initiative. The aim of the online meeting was to create a space for dialogue with partners about the initial challenges and solutions in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Five presentations provided an in-depth picture of the situation for families and children at regional, national, and sub-national levels. The presenters shared what they are doing to mitigate the short- and long-term repercussions of the pandemic on children’s health, growth, and development.
This interactive country profile, developed by the Early Childhood Development team, uses secondary sources to compile national data alongside information on national policies and programs to highlight both the needs and opportunities for promoting optimal child development in Kenya. This profile complements the Countdown to 2030 Country profiles for early childhood development.
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.
This review aimed to deepen understanding of the effects of COVID-19 on nurturing care on young children in the Kenyan context. The review draws on empirical evidence from previous pandemics and epidemics, and anecdotal and emerging evidence from the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The review proposes program and policy strategies to guide the re-orientation of nurturing care, prevent the detrimental effects associated with deteriorating nurturing care environments, and support the optimal development of the youngest and most vulnerable children.
This paper from the Maternal and Child Survival Program on behalf of the Child Health Task Force takes an in-depth look at “thrive and transform” interventions — such as uptake of nurturing care — in relation to child survival interventions. It focuses on three African countries: Kenya, Senegal and Zambia, with further examples from Ghana and Rwanda.
The Kenya Community Health Policy 2020-2030 includes nurturing care as a core component of the community health services package. It emphasizes the important role that community health volunteers and other personnel play in ensuring that children in the communities receive nurturing care, get playful opportunities to learn, and are protected from any form of harm.
Working with national governments in Kenya, Mozambique and South Africa, PATH has developed or updated counseling aids, reporting tools, and information, education, and communication materials to facilitate attention to all aspects of nurturing care in maternal and child health services at facility- and community-levels.
In October 2018 a multi-country stakeholders’ consultation took place in Nairobi, Kenya to operationalize the Nurturing Care Framework within the health sector (more). Following this meeting, in October 2018, the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare hosted a national ECD conference in Malawi, at which the Nurturing Care
The Stakeholders’ consultation to operationalize the Nurturing Care Framework by the health sector took place from 14-16 October 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya. Country delegations from Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe met for three days to share experiences and develop plans to take forward implementation of the Nurturing Care Framework. The
In western Kenya, the government of Siaya County is demonstrating the vital role of subnational leaders in promoting nurturing care for early childhood development (ECD). The Governor is leading the scale-up of policies, programmes and services in support of nurturing care and ensuring that caregivers have the tools and information