Event Launch of the Nurturing Care Framework (2018 to 2023): Reflections and Looking Forward
Date June 29, 2023
Time 14:00 - 15:30 (CEST) | 8:00 - 9:30 (EST) | 15:00 - 16:30 (EAT) | 17:30-19:00 (IST)
Language(s) English with interpretation in Serbian and Spanish
Location Online


In 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and the World Bank Group, in collaboration with the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) and the Early Childhood Development Action Network (ECDAN), launched the Nurturing Care for Early Childhood Development: A Framework to Help Children Survive and Thrive to Transform Health and Human Potential.

Five years on, it was time to take stock of the uptake of the roadmap proposed in the Framework by governments and partners and to reflect on the value it has added to the field of early childhood development. What has transpired? What have we learned? What’s next?

At the launch of the Nurturing Care Framework Progress Report 2018-2023: Reflections and Looking Forward, participants reflected on achievements (2018 to 2023) across the five strategic actions of the Framework and defined areas that merit further attention. The webinar was organized by the World Health Organization and UNICEF in collaboration with the ECD Action Network and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.

Opening remarks

Anshu Banerjee

Director of the Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health and Ageing,
World Health Organization

Victor Aguayo

Director of the Nutrition and Child Development,

Overview of the Progress Report

Bernadette Daelmans

Unit Head of the Child Health and Development Unit,
World Health Organization

Boniface Kakhobwe

ECD Specialist at the Nutrition and Child Development Section,

Reflections from Regional Networks and Countries

Evelyn D. Santiago

Executive Director of the Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC)

Zorica Trikic

Senior Programme Manager
International Step by Step Association (ISSA)

Kofi Issah

Director of the Family Health Division,
Ghana Health Services

Slavica Djukic-Dejanovic MD, PhD

Special Adviser to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia for the Implementation of the UN Agenda 2030
Chair of Inter-sectorial Steering Committee on Playful Parenting in Early Childhood

Milica Pejovic Milovancevic

Director of the Institute of Mental Health in Serbia
President of the MoH Working Group for the implementation of the National ECD Programme

Sonia Raquel Olmedo Dinatale

Director General of early education in the Ministry of Education and Science in Paraguay
Member of the National Early Childhood Team (ENPI) that carries out the Kunu'u National Strategy for Comprehensive Early Childhood Care

Closing remarks

Helga Fogstad

Executive Director
Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH)

Elizabeth Lule

Executive Director
Early Childhood Development Action Network (ECDAN)


Sheila Manji

ECD Specialist at the Child Health and Development Unit,
World Health Organization

Maniza Ntekim

Senior Programme Officer for Early Childhood Development,
East and Southern Africa,
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation


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