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 brief tells the story of how advocacy for nurturing care resulted in the Nutrition Department of the Ministry of Health deciding to integrate early learning and responsive caregiving into the Nutrition Intervention Package (Pacote de Intervenções de Nutrição, PIN). PIN is one of 12 maternal and child health and nutrition packages included in Mozambique’s five-year reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and nutrition (RMNCAH-N) investment case. This case study underscores the importance of cultivating awareness and ownership among policymakers and working in partnership to leverage large-scale funding opportunities, such as that provided by the Global Financing Facility.
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 delegation from Mozambique participated in a multi-country stakeholders’ consultation to operationalize the Nurturing Care Framework within the health sector (more details on the meeting here). In March 2019 the Ministry of Social Affairs, in collaboration with partners, introduced the Nurturing Care Framework and defined roles at
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