The fourth edition of Facts for Life consists of 14 chapters filled with practical information about how to ensure children’s rights to survival, growth, development and well-being. Available in multiple languages, the topics address pregnancy, childbirth, major childhood illnesses, child development, early learning, parenting, protection, and care and support of children. Each chapter has three parts: an introduction, key messages and supporting information.Read More →

This WHO/UNICEF training package equips community health workers with the knowledge and skills to counsel families to breastfeed young children and give their children nutritious complementary foods; play and communicate with their children to help them learn and to strengthen their relationships with their children; prevent childhood illnesses and injury; and recognize signs of illness and take their children to a health facility.Read More →

This two page summary looks at the five indivisible components of nurturing care: good health; adequate nutrition; safety and security; opportunities for early learning and responsive caregiving. It offers definitions for each and provides illustrative examples of interventions.Read More →

This guidance note specifically targets the health sector and aims to catalyse country-level dialogue and action focusing on health service delivery and systems strengthening while also outlining complementary actions by other sectors. It is relevant for national governments, specifically ministries of health, and for national and global development partners and other stakeholders. This guidance note is the first in a series of resources for all relevant sectors that will become available to facilitate the operationalization of the Framework. Key sectors that should engage in this operationalization include health, nutrition, education and protection.Read More →

Investing in early childhood development is good for everyone – governments, businesses, communities, parents and caregivers, and most of all, babies and young children. It is also the right thing to do, helping every child realize the right to survive and thrive. The Nurturing Care Framework draws on state-of-the-art evidence on how early childhood development unfolds to set out the most effective policies and services that will help parents and caregivers provide nurturing care for babies. It is designed to serve as a roadmap for action, helping mobilise a coalition of parents and caregivers, national governments, civil society groups, academics, the United Nations, the private sector, educational institutions and service providers to ensure that every baby gets the best start in life.Read More →