The WHO South-East Asia Regional Office, in collaboration with UNICEF, organized a 3-day virtual meeting to promote nurturing care for early childhood development. The meeting brought together participants from 11 countries, with participants including government delegates from relevant ministries (health, nutrition, education, child protection, women and child affairs), WHO and UNICEF staff and partners.
The Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) has more than 33,000 members across the country and is one of the largest professional associations of pediatricians in the region. In 2019, the President wrote about the important role pediatricians play in bridging science and parenting. Building on this, the IAP, working closely with the World Health Organization and UNICEF, have continued to draw attention to the important role pediatricians can play and are developing materials to support their practice.
A total of 22 parliamentarians in Zambia, selected from the Committees on Health, Community Development & Social Services; and Education, Science & Technology, participated in a virtual advocacy meeting supported by WHO, UNICEF, and partners on 9 December 2020. The Members of Parliament were taken through the rationale for investing in early childhood development, learned about efforts underway in the country, and explored the potential role lawmakers could play to advance the nurturing care agenda.
In an article published in 2016 by the World Economic Form, Linda M. Richter, Director of the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development at the University of the Witwaterstrand, argues that low-cost interventions which facilitate and support nurturing care for infants in their first years of life contribute to lifelong health, wellbeing and productivity. The economic benefits of these interventions far outweigh the investment costs. “Simply put, we need to intervene earlier than we currently do.”
In May-June 2020, Ummeed conducted a needs assessment with their partner community-based organisations across India by phone. It was to understand how parents and caregivers were coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, especially as it related to their ability to provide nurturing care for their children.
The Nurturing Care Framework has been included in “The early childhood development reading list”, a “Top 10” list of recent books and reports in the field. Public service network magazine “Apolitical” describes the framework as a “must read” and “(an) evidence-based guide for anyone making policy relating to young children”. As they point out: “Nurturing care is widely considered to be a core part of successful early childhood interventions”. Also featured on the list is “Early Childhood Matters: Advances in early childhood development” from the Bernard van Leer Foundation, which provides an effective scan of recent thinking in the field, and has a strong focus on nurturing care.
Writing for the Daily Maverick, Director of Advocacy Aid Patricia Martin-Wiesner argues that achieving South Africa’s development vision in the next 25 years is possible if the country’s leadership prioritises the inclusive and equal development of children. Nurturing care is a formula for transformative, inclusive growth and development.
“Getting the world’s leading public health body to back guidelines supporting love and nurturing care was a feat of science and advocacy decades in the making” writes Annabelle Timsit, in an article on the World Economic Forum website. “In order to support kids, we must support their caregivers, because their love and care is what children really need to thrive.”
The Bernard van Leer Foundation recommends five practical steps health and social services can take to support babies, toddlers and the people who care for them during the Covid-19 pandemic. Prioritise early years health and nutrition services. Continue to provide parent coaching and support through remote means. Support the continued
Early learning activity sheets UNICEF South Africa, the Department of Social Development, the Department of Basic Education and the LEGO Foundation have developed and distributed easy to understand early learning activity sheets for parents and caregivers of children birth to 5 years. The early learning activities are playful and can
On October 28, 2019, Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO), Chris Coons (D-DE), Representatives Joaquin Castro (D-TX) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) introduced the bipartisan, bicameral Global Child Thrive Act in the U.S. Senate. The Act will direct the U.S. administration to advance policies and programs that advance early childhood development internationally. “We’ve
On September 3 and 4, the Sistema Nacional de Protección de Derechos de Niñas, Niños y Adolescentes (SIPINNA, National System for the Protection of the Rights of Children and Adolescents) convened an international forum in Mexico City called Construyendo la política desde el territorio (Building the policy from the territory).
This brief, published by the Elizabeth Glazer Pediatrics Foundation (EGPAF) and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, explains the strategies, lessons learned, and way forward for enhancing existing health services in Tanzania’s Tabora region, to ensure nurturing care for children affected by HIV. You can download the brief here. Learn more
This brief, published by the Elizabeth Glazer Pediatrics Foundation (EGPAF) and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, describes how health services are used as entry points to ensure nurturing care for children affected by HIV. You can download the brief here. Learn more about EGPAF’s HIV and ECD work here. Related
In October 2018 a delegation from Mozambique participated in a multi-country stakeholders’ consultation to operationalize the Nurturing Care Framework within the health sector (more details on the meeting here). In March 2019 the Ministry of Social Affairs, in collaboration with partners, introduced the Nurturing Care Framework and defined roles at
An inter-ministerial meeting was held to discuss the finalization of the early childhood development (ECD) strategy. Presentations on the Nurturing Care Framework were made. The ministries represented included: Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Social Affairs (Higher Council of Childhood). The ECD strategy is being co-led
In October 2018 a multi-country stakeholders’ consultation took place in Nairobi, Kenya to operationalize the Nurturing Care Framework within the health sector (more). Following this meeting, in October 2018, the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare hosted a national ECD conference in Malawi, at which the Nurturing Care
At the 2018 G20 Leaders’ Summit, held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the G20 leaders signed a declaration signaling prioritization for the early childhood development agenda. At the Partners’ Programme meeting, Argentine First Lady Juliana Awada promoted Argentina’s National Plan on Early Childhood. You can access the Declaration here and a news