Event New Regional Resources in Support of Better Services for Child Health and Development
Date 10 June 2024
Time 10:00 - 11:30 CEST
Language(s) English and Russian. Other languages may be added.
Location Online


Health Systems for Early Child Development (HSECD) and partners are hosting this webinar to unveil new regional resources in support of better services for child health and development.

Over the past two decades, there have been significant progress in reducing infant mortality in Europe and Central Asia. However, one in five children in the region still risk not reaching their full developmental potential due to factors such as poverty; social exclusion; inadequate nurturing or stimulating care within the family; or limited access to essential services. HSECD aims to ensure that all children can thrive, regardless of their socio-economic status or country of origin.

For this to happen, it is crucial that policymakers are well-informed about the gaps and challenges at national, regional, and local levels, enabling them to target their measures and investment effectively. Additionally, professionals who support young children and families need robust technical guidance and practical tools to implement evidence-based practices that promote optimal child development and caregiver engagement.

This webinar will present new key resources and collaboration processes jointly developed by UNICEF and WHO aimed at bolstering national efforts to provide high-quality health and development services for young children and their families. These include:

  • Early Childhood Development Situation Analysis Tool and Methodological guidance
  • Monitoring Child’s Development in Europe and Central Asia – Overview and Recommendations
  • The process of adaptation and introduction of the Pocketbook of Primary Health Care for Children and Adolescents

This webinar is organised by UNICEF Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (ECARO), WHO Regional Office for Europe (WHO/Europe), and the International Step by Step Association (ISSA), under the auspices of the Health Systems for Early Childhood Development initiative.  ​It will be hosted in English with simultaneous interpretation in Russian. Other languages may be added based on interest and support from countries.

Opening remarks

  • Regina de Dominicis, UNICEF Regional Director
  • Hans Kluge, WHO Regional Director

Launch of the ECD Situation Analysis tool and methodological guidance

  • Tool presentation: Ivelina Borisova, UNICEF ECARO
  • Country experience: Dr Magripa Embergenova, Director of the Department of Maternal and Child Health, Ministry of Health, Republic of Kazakhstan

Launch of the joint regional publication on developmental monitoring

  • Publication presentation: Dr Revan Mustafayev, International Developmental Paediatrics Association
  • Reflection from paediatric association and Technical Advisory Group: Dr Massimo Pettoello Mantovani, European Paediatrics Association; Dr Ilgi Ertem, International Developmental Paediatrics Association

Presentation of the Pocket Book and application adaptation process

  • Presentation of the app, Dr Martin Weber, WHO; Sophie Julliens, WHO
  • Country experience: Aminov Obidzhon, Head of Department of Child, Adolescent, and Maternal Health, Ministry of Health and Social Planning, Republic of Tajikistan

Putting these tools and resources into practice — Reflections from WHO, UNICEF, and national partners

  • Ivelina Borisova
    Dr Martin Weber