In light of COVID-19 restrictions, USAID Momentum and its implementing partners needed to modify delivery of the ‘First Steps Intera za Mbere’ programme, which enables caregivers with children aged 3 years and under to promote nurturing care. Following a phone survey to understand caregiver attitudes, knowledge and practices, they adapted the programme to be delivered via radio. This brief describes the adaptation process.
In 2016, the Government of Ghana reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring children in the first 1000 days had every opportunity to survive and thrive. To this end, the Government of Ghana dedicated personnel and put in place coordinating mechanisms to ensure all children received nurturing care from birth. This brief describes the actions taken in the health sector between 2016 and 2019, championed by the Government of Ghana, to elevate attention to and services for children aged 0-3 years.
This toolkit was developed as part of the Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) Ghana ECD 0-3 Program. It is intended to prepare frontline workers delivering community health services to equip parents and caregivers to develop responsive caregiving skills and engage in early learning activities with their children. The toolkit includes a training-of-trainers guide, flipcharts, and a parenting sessions manual.
The Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) Ghana Early Childhood Development (ECD) 0–3 programme (2016-2019) aimed to promote opportunities for early learning and responsive parenting at the community level via frontline health workers to increase caregiver knowledge and practice.
23 Feb 2021 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am –
In Uganda, maternal undernutrition and inadequate gestational weight gain are prevalent and of growing concern. Join USAID to hear more about recommended implementation priorities for maternal nutrition that align with and support the newly drafted Maternal, Infant, Young Child, and Adolescent Nutrition guidelines.
This interactive country profile, developed by the Early Childhood Development team, uses secondary sources to compile national data alongside information on national policies and programs to highlight both the needs and opportunities for promoting optimal child development in Kenya. This profile complements the Countdown to 2030 Country profiles for early childhood development.
This interactive country profile, developed by the Early Childhood Development team, uses secondary sources to compile national data alongside information on national policies and programs to highlight both the needs and opportunities for promoting optimal child development in Rwanda. This profile complements the Countdown to 2030 Country profiles for early childhood development.
This interactive country profile, developed by the Early Childhood Development team, uses secondary sources to compile national data alongside information on national policies and programs to highlight both the needs and opportunities for promoting optimal child development in Uganda. This profile complements the Countdown to 2030 Country profiles for early childhood development.
The Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) Image Bank is a collection of over 900 images, developed from adaptations of UNICEF’s Community Infant and Young Child Feeding Counselling Package. These, and other similar images about recommended IYCF practices, have been used in more than 70 countries for counseling and training to promote behavior change for improved maternal and child nutrition. UNICEF and USAID Advancing Nutrition have partnered to make these images available for others to download, adapt, and use freely for any not-for-profit purposes.
UNICEF and USAID Advancing Nutrition, with the support of the Infant Feeding in Emergencies (IFE) Core Group represented by Save the Children and Safely Fed Canada, have developed a counselling package, Infant and Young Child Feeding Recommendations when COVID-19 is Suspected or Confirmed. The set includes 10 counselling cards and a recommended practices booklet.
This paper from the Maternal and Child Survival Program on behalf of the Child Health Task Force takes an in-depth look at “thrive and transform” interventions — such as uptake of nurturing care — in relation to child survival interventions. It focuses on three African countries: Kenya, Senegal and Zambia, with further examples from Ghana and Rwanda.
Written for USAID and PEPFAR implementing partners, with a focus on OVC practitioners, this is a user-friendly compendium of current resources and job aids for early childhood care, stimulation and education. It begins with an overview of the importance of the early childhood period, and specifically its importance for HIV-impacted infants, children and families. This section grounds the rationale in the nurturing care components. The compendium describes of tools, job aids, visuals and packages that can address components of nurturing care. Coordinating Comprehensive Care for Children, or 4Children, is a 5-year, USAID-funded project
>On 11th September 2019 USAID hosted a webinar on the science behind the first 1,000 days, brain development and nurturing care. Dr. Sarah Cusick, Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota, provided an overview of how nutrient deficiency in the first 1,000 days can lead to long-term dysfunction and how application of the general principles of nutrient and brain interaction can help inform programming. Patricia Jodrey from USAID’s Child Health Team provided further context through the lens of the Nurturing Care Framework.
In May 2020 the Society for International Development held a virtual panel discussion with representatives from USAID, International Rescue Committee and PATH to explore how these organizations are using the Nurturing Care Framework in humanitarian settings, nutrition programs, and within the health sector – before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.