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Early Childhood Development Strategies

The cumulative risks to which many children across the world, particularly in the developing nations are exposed to, suggest the need for intervention. Early child development programmes are designed to improve the survival, growth and development of young children, prevent the occurrence of risks and ameliorate the negative effects of risks. Though evidence suggests that integrated interventions are definitely effective, there are also a range of early childhood programs which are promising. These include programs to improve food intake and reduce stunting (supplementation programs, exclusive breastfeeding, conditional cash transfers, nutrition monitoring), stimulation programs combined with nutrition and health programs, centre based programs, parenting and parent-child programs.
Featured below are abstracts of publications focussing on interventions/strategies that aim to enhance early childhood development:

UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake and World Health Organization Director-General Dr Margaret Chan state in the current issue of The Lancet : “The debate between nature and nurture as... Read More

In an article published in The Lancet in June, 2014, authors Dr Aisha Yousafzai, Muneera Rasheed, Arjumand Rizvi, Robert Armstrong, and Prof Zulfiqar  Bhutta considering that stimulation and nutrition... Read More

The authors, Susan Walker, Susan Chang,Marcos Vera-Hernández and Sally Grantham-McGregor highlight that approximately 178 million children younger than 5 years in developing countries are growth-retarded (... Read More