Event Webinar Series: Strengthening Nurturing Care in Humanitarian Response
1: The Science Behind Caring for Young Children: Strengthening Nurturing Care Approaches to Achieve Better Health Outcomes
Date 27 September 2023
Time 15:00 – 16:30 CET
Language(s) English, French, Spanish and Arabic
Location Online

The Global Health Cluster is collaborating with the Child Health Task Force, Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies, and other partners to incorporate the Nurturing Care Framework into the health sector contribution to humanitarian responses for children, caregivers, and families. Learning from leading scientists and practitioners, people attended this webinar series to discover evidence-based, equitable, and comprehensive early childhood development programs that enhance outcomes for young children in humanitarian crises. Participants took the opportunity to learn to create quality responses sensitive to their needs and improve holistic support to children in emergencies.


The first years of life, from prenatal development to eight years of age, are a critical period. The rapid neurological and physical growth that occurs during this period provides an opportunity to optimize developmental outcomes that impact the entire course of an individual's life. Crises increase the likelihood of later impairments in all areas of a child’s development.

Recognizing that humanitarian actors are able to provide lifesaving services and interventions to meet children’s acute and ongoing health needs and help buffer young children from the negative impact of crises and emergencies. Rather than developing new programs and delivery mechanisms, the humanitarian health sector would improve its effectiveness by integrating ECD into existing services, significantly shaping responsive caregiving, early learning, nutrition, health, and protection of children, which are critical for children's healthy development.

This webinar focused on sharing evidence on implementing equitable, comprehensive, and integrated programs that will translate into better outcomes for young children affected by emergencies and humanitarian crises.

Moderators and Panelists

  • Child Health in Emergencies and Humanitarian Settings sub-group (CHiHES): Ayesha Kadir, Senior Humanitarian Health Advisor, Save the Children International
  • Child Health and Development Unit at the World Health Organization: Sheila Manji, ECD Specialist
  • Harvard, Center on the Developing Child: James Cairns

More information from the WHO Health Cluster website
Download the event flyer

Related Links

Recording for Webinar 1
Second webinar in the series
Third webinar in the series
Health Cluster YouTube channel, with recordings of all three webinars in the series
Child Protection and Practice Journal: Improving Humanitarian Health Responses for Children through Nurturing Care