New questions have emerged on how to protect the health and safety of the babies and those who care for them while also still ensuring that all babies get the best possible start in life. This webinar, co-hosted by the PMNCH and ECDAN, will provide guidance, address questions and provide practical examples to inspire solutions in your context.

01 Jul 2020 - 02 Jul 2020
Lives in the balance: A COVID-19 summit

Registration is now open for Lives in the Balance: A COVID-19 summit on the health and well-being of women, children, and adolescents, co-hosted by PMNCH and CORE Group on July 1-2, 2020.

Implementers, UN agencies, academics, donors, private sector, youth, civil society, community health advocates and more are invited to participate in this virtual event, which will feature a lively and engaging two days of networking, keynote speakers, cultural performances, crowd-sourced marketplace presentations and more!

Don’t miss this highly interactive and engaging Summit where you’ll have an opportunity to:

  • Pause and REFLECT on the global response to COVID-19 and provide an opportunity for introspection to better prepare for the healthy recovery that the world needs.
  • SHARE best practices for COVID-19 response from a variety of stakeholders, including how agencies and organizations have rapidly adapted program activities during the pandemic while maintaining quality programming and communications.
  • COLLABORATE and ACT as we forge a path forward with innovative approaches, new partnerships and an energized community to work together to advance the health and well-being of Women, Children, and Adolescents.

The summit is free and open to the public. Plenary sessions will be translated to French and Spanish and made accessible for the hearing impaired.

Visit to learn more and register.


This is the 5th webinar in the series: “Transforming care for sick and small newborns”, organised by WHO and UNICEF, in collaboration with the Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.  


Young children, especially those facing COVID-19 and existing humanitarian situations such as conflict or natural disasters, are facing a double emergency, making it even more difficult for them to survive and thrive. Research illustrates that responsive caregiving/playful parenting is a critical element of what young children need. Yet, parents and caregivers now face additional burdens of childcare, home schooling and more. There are many models for supporting parents and caregivers so they can help their young children survive and thrive.

This 90-minute webinar will highlight how two models – Care for Child Development and REACH UP and Learn – have been adapted and implemented in various contexts around the world. Through three country examples, participants will learn about how these two models were adapted and used in humanitarian contexts that are also experiencing COVID-19.


Aisha Yousafzai – Associate Professor of Global Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Yousafzai has extensive experience in evaluating early childhood interventions in south Asia, East Africa, and in central and east Europe. One of Dr. Yousafzai’s most significant studies is the Pakistan Early Child Development Scale-Up (PEDS) trial.

Katelin Wilton – Senior Specialist, Early Childhood Development. Katelin works on content development and technical support, with a particular focus on our ECD programs targeting caregivers of young children. Katelin has also worked for IRC as Interim Education coordinator in Turkey and as Grants and Programs Coordinator in Tanzania where she managed the IRC’s Healing Families parenting program.

Feryal Hammoud – Pharmacist and Maternal, Newborn, Child and Reproductive Health (MNCRH) Officer ECD Program at the Aga Khan Foundation as of 2019. Feryal worked as an MNCRH Officer – Health Program 2015-2018. She is Science of ECD certified from Red River College 2019.

Muhammad Aizuki – Early Childhood Development (ECD) Project Coordinator at the Aga Khan Foundation as of 2019. Muhammad worked as a Senior Partnership Officer and Manager of Quality of Life study from 2016 to 2019. He is Science of ECD certified from Red River College 2019 and has a Master in Biology.

Garren Lumpkin – Presently an independent consultant. Garren has worked with UNICEF since 1981 in various positions including responsibilities for ECD, Childhood Disabilities and Basic Education programmes at the country, sub-regional and regional LAC levels. He worked as a UNICEF consultant for leading the implementation of the Child Care and Family Support component of the LAC Zika response in eight countries and is a member of the UNICEF LACRO Regional Disabilities Task Force as part of the COVID-19 response.

Karen Panameño – Health, Nutrition and Emergencies Officer in UNICEF El Salvador. She led the implementation of the UNICEF Zika response in El Salvador, including the inclusive ECD component. Karen has 15 years of work experience in Health, Nutrition, ECD, including in emergency contexts, working for World Vision, the Ministry of Education of El Salvador, WHO, and UNICEF.

You can register for the webinar here.


The Rise Institute, Portland State University and the Early Childhood Development Taskforce are hosting a series of three webinars on ECI challenges. The second in the series takes place on 16 June 2020, and will explore the impact of COVID-19 on national ECI systems.


Two linked webinars, jointly forming the fourth in the WHO Quality of Care Network series: Transforming care for small and sick newborns, present experiences from Colombia and Mexico.


The Rise Institute, Portland State University and the Early Childhood Development Taskforce are hosting a series of three webinars on ECI challenges. The second in the series takes place on 16 June 2020, and will explore the impact of COVID-19 on national ECI systems.


The Inter-Agency Network on Education in Emergencies (INEE), the Early Childhood Development Action Network (ECDAN) and the Moving Minds Alliance (MMA) are hosting a webinar focused on early childhood development in humanitarian settings, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.


UNESCO Bangkok, UNICEF, ARNEC, ECWI and ISSA launched a regional survey on the impact of COVID-19 on ECE workforce between 20 April 2020 and 22 May 2020. The findings will be presented in this webinar.


On 4 June 2020 the UK government will host Gavi’s third donor pledging conference to mobilise at least US$ 7.4 billion in additional resources to protect the next generation with vaccines, reduce disease inequality and create a healthier, safer and more prosperous world.

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