This document, along with a 9-page brief, describes the implementation experiences and emerging lessons of COVID-19 response strategies of seven programmes that prioritize nurturing care and early childhood development. The case studies include a wide range of geographic contexts and the programmes address at least one of three components of nurturing care: responsive caregiving, opportunities for early learning, and safety and security. The seven programmes are: Associazione 21 Luglio (Italy); Ummeed Child Development Center (India); Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Programme (Canada); Kangaroo Foundation (Colombia); International Rescue Committee & Sesame Workshop [Ahlan Simsim programme] (Jordan); Parenting for Lifelong Health [MaPa programme] (Philippines); and PATH Mozambique.
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.
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