This analysis summarises the situation of young children across several policy areas impacting their development. It is based on data collected from nine European countries and consolidated in nine country profiles. It draws attention towards four key findings across policy areas impacting ECD and priorities for policy-making and investment in early childhood at the European and country level.
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 video tells the story of little Elena Stojic, who was born two months early in Kragujevac, Serbia. With support from UNICEF Serbia, the facility where she was born is employing kangaroo care with pre-term newborns. In the video her mother, Mirjana, describes how skin to skin contact helped her bond with Elena and resulted in immediate benefits for Elena’s health and development.
This short video tells the story of identical twins, Lena and Mionka, who were born two months early in Serbia. At the Intensive Care and Therapy Unit their parents were taught about the importance of skin to skin contact. Both mother and father take every opportunity to touch and hold their little girls. The video tells their story and describes other initiatives underway at the health facility to ensure pre-term babies get the best possible care right from the start.
While Serbia has made substantial progress over the last decades in improving child health, due mainly to well organized and accessible health-care services, many challenges remain. Like other countries in the region, Serbia has wide social and economic disparities. Children are the most vulnerable age group: an estimated 30% of